Government shutdown: Democrats pan Trump's steel border wall concession

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"While President Trump threatens to keep the government shut down for "years", Democrats are taking immediate further action to re-open government, so that we can meet the needs of the American people, protect our borders and respect our workers", Pelosi said.

President Trump will visit the southern border Thursday, as the battle over funding for his border wall and the partial government shutdown continue.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday the construction materials could be changed in order to reach a compromise between Democrats and the president.

"I don't expect anything to happen at that meeting, nor does the vice president but I think we're going to have some very serious talks come Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday", Trump told reporters. As the National Park Service announced Sunday that it would start using money from park entrance fees to cover costs during the shutdown, some Democrats said that was not allowed under federal law.

The White House earlier announced that Trump would visit the southern border Thursday to get a close look at what the president repeatedly calls a "crisis" - a description that Democrats dismissed as fantasy.

The White House did not say whether he planned to make such a declaration, which would nearly certainly face a legal challenge, on Tuesday night.

He said he was making the offer to Democrats because 'they don't like concrete so we'll give them steel'. Mr. Pence asked in a session with reporters at the White House.

As a new work week began in the United States, about 380,000 government workers remained furloughed, while another 420,000 were deemed essential and required to work with no idea when they will receive their next paycheck. He said much of the wall had been built, though it hasn't.

He said he plans to call steel companies to ask them for a design for his wall.

Spokesmen for former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush told Politico Friday that neither of them had discussed the border wall with Trump.

A section of the reinforced U.S. -Mexico border fence on the Otay Mesa area, San Diego County, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Jan. 6, 2019. "We have to have border security".

President Donald Trump is threatening to build his border wall by declaring a state of national emergency. Democrats familiar with the meeting said the White House position was "untenable".

Pressed about the terrorism claims during an impromptu Rose Garden news conference last week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pointed to another statistic: that more than 3,000 "special interest aliens" have tried to enter the U.S. through the southern border, suggesting those individuals "have travel patterns that are identified as terrorist travel patterns or they have known or suspected ties to terrorism". We need something to prevent people from coming into this country illegally, ' Mulvaney said.

Greg Gutfeld said on "The Five" that President Trump should talk about the "personal vendetta" Democrats have against him when he addresses the nation Tuesday. Among Senate GOP moderates, Susan Collins of ME expressed support for the Democratic move on Sunday.

White House officials affirmed Trump's funding request in a letter to Capitol Hill after a meeting Sunday with senior congressional aides led by Vice President Mike Pence at the White House complex yielded little progress.