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The Latest: Trump pushes for wall on Rio Grande visit

The Latest: Trump pushes for wall on Rio Grande visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Newest on President Donald Trump and the partial authorities shutdown (all occasions native):

four:15 p.m.

Standing alongside the Rio Grande, President Donald Trump says “a lot of the crime in our country is caused by what’s coming through here.”

Trump is touring a piece of the U.S.-Mexico border as he seeks to bolster his case for spending billions of dollars on a border wall.

A regulation enforcement officer informed Trump throughout his tour that a larger proportion of apprehensions in current weeks have concerned individuals from locations aside from Mexico and Central America. He cited individuals from Pakistan, China and India as particular examples.

Trump tells reporters, “So they apprehended people from the Middle East and they do it all the time.”

Trump says: “Whether it’s steel or concrete, you don’t care. We need a barrier.”


2:22 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence says President Donald Trump has “made no decision” about declaring a nationwide emergency to construct a border wall with Mexico. However he provides, “The president’s going to get this done one way or another.”

Pence referred to as on Democrats to barter an finish to the shutdown, which is now in its 20th day. He informed reporters it’s time for Congress to “do its job.”

Pence additionally indicated Trump has little curiosity in a broader immigration deal to finish the shutdown. He stated Trump is ready to see how the courts rule on the legality of an Obama-era program that shields some younger immigrants from deportation.

Democrats say Trump is holding the nation hostage for his wall funding and have referred to as on Republicans to re-open the federal government.


1:40 p.m.

President Donald Trump arrived at a Texas border city to make the case for his long-promised border wall after negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding calls for.

Trump traveled to McAllen, Texas Thursday on the 20th day of a partial authorities shutdown. He’s in search of to make use of the journey to bolster his argument that a wall is required on safety and humanitarian grounds.

Trump is to visit a border patrol station and obtain a briefing on border safety.

The president and congressional Democrats stay at an deadlock over his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall alongside the southern border. Critics say Trump overstates the safety dangers and that the administration is no less than partly responsible for the humanitarian state of affairs.


1:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he’s canceling his journey to Davos, Switzerland due to the partial authorities shutdown, now in its 20th day.

He was scheduled to go away Jan. 21 to attend the World Financial Discussion board. Trump says he’s canceling his journey due to Democrats’ “intransigence” on border safety. Trump and Democrats are at an deadlock over funding for Trump’s proposed wall on the southern border.

In a tweet Friday, Trump provided his “warmest regards and apologies” to the financial discussion board.

Earlier within the day, he advised reporters that he needed to go, however that he won’t if the shutdown over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall continues.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) and different Cupboard members are nonetheless scheduled to attend the annual Davos occasion, which attracts enterprise and political elite.


1:05 p.m.

Federal staff are denouncing President Donald Trump for a weeks-long partial authorities shutdown.

At a rally Thursday with Democratic members of Congress, they’re demanding that Trump reopen the federal government in order that lots of of hundreds of staff can get again to work and obtain their paychecks.

Trump has indicated the federal government will stay shut till he will get cash for a border wall.

Staff are directing their sharpest criticism at Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, who has declined to take up spending payments handed by the Home to reopen authorities with out paying for a wall.

J. David Cox, nationwide president of the American Federation of Authorities Staff, says McConnell ought to do his “damn job and let there be a vote.”

Staff chanted “get us paid.”


12:50 p.m.

A number of hundred protesters are chanting and waving indicators opposing a border wall subsequent to the South Texas airport the place President Donald Trump is scheduled to reach for his journey to the border.

Throughout the road, a smaller group of protesters is shouting again and chanting, “Build that wall!”

Trump’s arrival in McAllen Thursday will happen as he pushes Congress to fund $5.7 billion for a border wall as a situation of ending a partial authorities shutdown.

Debra Tietz, a resident of close by Mission, stood with anti-Trump protesters. The 64-year-old Tietz referred to as Trump’s journey “a publicity stunt” and stated she opposes the injury a border wall would do to the setting.

On the opposite aspect of the road, Eva Arechiga wore a pink “Make America Great Again” and held an indication that claims “Finish the Wall.” A 54-year-old resident of McAllen, Arechiga stated she needed to welcome Trump and thank him. She says, “I’ve been waiting for the border wall to be finished,” as a result of she believes it should ship a message to different nations to respect American borders.


11:45 a.m.

The affiliation that represents hundreds of FBI brokers says the partial federal authorities shutdown is affecting the bureau’s operations.

The FBI Brokers Affiliation despatched a petition Thursday to the White Home and congressional leaders encouraging them to fund the FBI instantly.

The affiliation’s president, Tom O’Connor, advised reporters in a convention name that Friday would be the first day that FBI personnel won’t obtain a paycheck.

He stated the issues brought on by the shutdown might make it more durable to recruit and retain brokers, trigger delays on the FBI lab and in getting or renewing safety clearances.

O’Connor stated the FBI’s petition just isn’t about politics, however that monetary safety for brokers is necessary for nationwide safety.


11:05 a.m.

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell is obstructing an try by Democrats to drive a vote on laws to reopen the federal authorities.

Democrats went to the Senate flooring Thursday and requested for consent to vote on a collection of payments that might finish the partial authorities shutdown, which was in its 20th day.

Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland stated the payments have been uncontroversial and have been broadly supported by Republicans up to now. Cardin says the nation is being “held hostage” by President Donald Trump as he seeks funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

McConnell objected to the Democratic request, saying he gained’t comply with “pointless show votes” on payments Trump gained’t signal. McConnell famous that Democrats agreed in December to not vote on a funding package deal till a deal was reached by Trump and leaders from each events.

The border wall was a signature marketing campaign promise for Trump. Democrats have referred to as a wall pricey, ineffective and immoral.


10:55 a.m.

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell says Democrats need assistance with “their brand new partisan allergy” to a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Kentucky Republican on Thursday used visible aids on the Senate flooring to recommend that Democrats supported such a barrier beneath President Barack Obama however opposed one beneath President Donald Trump. He beneficial that Democrats “seek some treatment for their brand new party allergy to border security.”

Democrats are refusing Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for a part of a wall throughout the southern border. In 2013, some Democrats supported a $46 billion invoice for a lot of border safety measures, together with new fencing. However that laws would have created a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of individuals within the U.S. illegally. It failed.


10:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he may skip the World Financial Discussion board in Davos, Switzerland, if the partial authorities shutdown just isn’t resolved earlier than he’s scheduled to go away on Jan. 21.

Trump informed reporters Thursday that he needs to go however won’t if the shutdown over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall continues.

Final yr, a quick authorities shutdown threatened to derail his journey to Davos, the place he asserted that his “America First” agenda can go hand-in-hand with international cooperation.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) is main the U.S. delegation to the annual Davos occasion, which courts high-profile businesspeople and political figures and different elites. Different members of the Cupboard are scheduled to attend in addition to Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.


10 a.m.

President Donald Trump says it might be “very surprising” for him to not declare a nationwide emergency if he can’t make a cope with Democrats to pay for his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Trump is telling reporters as he leaves the White Home for a Texas border visit that he would like to work with Congress on a deal to finish the partial authorities shutdown and is open to compromise however will use his emergency powers to bypass Congress if they will’t come to settlement.

He stated Thursday, “We have to get a win … or I will declare a national emergency.”

He has talked about declaring a nationwide emergency earlier than.

Trump additionally defends his repeated claims that Mexico can pay for his wall — even when Mexico has stated it gained’t.

Trump says he “never said they were going to write out a check” and would pay for it not directly “many, many times over.”

Democrats have referred to as the wall “immoral.”


12:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the U.S.-Mexico border, looking for to bolster his case for a border wall after the newest negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding calls for.

Throughout his visit Thursday to McAllen, Texas, Trump plans to visit a border patrol station and a piece of the border. McAllen is situated within the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest a part of the border for unlawful border crossings.

Trump stalked out of a gathering with congressional leaders Wednesday as efforts to finish the shutdown fell into deeper disarray. Tons of of hundreds of federal staff now face misplaced paychecks on Friday.

The unraveling talks prompted additional hypothesis about whether or not Trump would declare a nationwide emergency and attempt to authorize the wall on his personal.

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