President Trump plans trip to border amid shutdown

The Statue of Liberty in New York which has welcomed immigrants to the US since the 19th C remains open with New York state funds during the federal government shutdown

Trump could compromise over concrete wall on Mexico border, says top aide

"President @realDonaldTrump will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis".

Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Sunday morning, Trump said he understood the predicament facing hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are not receiving their paychecks.

Trump repeated his claim that many furloughed federal workers "agree 100 percent" with his demands, while asserting he also had "tremendous support within the Republican Party".

One idea that has been floated, reportedly by Trump adviser Jared Kushner at the meeting on Saturday, was to give the Democrats new measures on young immigrants called "Dreamers", in exchange for the wall funding.

Last week, House Democrats proposed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees construction of the wall, at current levels through February 8, with $1.3 billion for border security-a figure far less than Trump requested.

Large chunks of the government were shut down on December 22 after politicians and the President hit an impasse over Mr Trump's demands to build a wall. He added that he was "very proud of doing what I'm doing", and that he doesn't "call it a shutdown". -Mexico border as he doubles down on his demand for a wall amid the ongoing government shutdown.

The National Emergencies Act allows the president to declare a national emergency, providing a specific reason for it.

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told CNN's "State of the Union" program on Sunday that the negotiations held Saturday was "disappointing". The proposed wall is reportedly going to be made from steel, which Trump told reporters would be "less obtrusive" and "stronger".

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Apparently content to let the shutdown continue indefinitely, he left for meetings at Camp David as determined as ever to secure the $5.6 billion requested to finance his key campaign pledge.

He also said he would call major steel companies asking them to design a wall - which would be a long way from core missions of smelting, procuring materials, and running a factory. It may be better, ' Trump said Sunday.

United States law allows him to direct military construction projects under those circumstances but the money would have to come from defence department funds and there would inevitably be legal challenges by the Democrats that would drag out the matter.

"Y$3 ou'll see it because in January I'm going there", Trump said to reporters on Christmas Day. We reaffirmed @POTUS' commitment to secure the border, build the wall, keep Americans safe & reopen gov't.

"I don't know what he's basing this on, but he's faced so many lawsuits when he ignores the law and ignores tradition and precedent and just goes forward without any concern", the Democrat said on CBS "Face the Nation".

Many workers, but by no means all, are likely to get back pay when the shutdown is resolved.

A source in the meeting said the weekend talks were good only in the sense that they got a more precise sense of what the administration wanted.

The president said he first hopes to secure funding through a negotiated process. "It's been done a number of times but primarily it's been done to build facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq", Smith told ABC.

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