Every living president has refuted Trump's claim about supporting the wall

Every living president has refuted Trump's claim about supporting the wall

Trump is expected to continue to make his case for border wall funding in a national address Tuesday evening, and he will travel to the US-Mexico border on Thursday to "meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Monday morning on Twitter. A Democratic aide said there was no progress.

However, pressure to reach a deal is likely to grow as the effects of the shutdown are felt, including possible cuts in food stamp programs and delayed tax refunds.

Vice-president Mike Pence said Donald Trump has yet to decidewhether he will declare a national emergency over his demand for a wall along the southwest border - the key sticking point in negotiations over the partial government shutdown that has affected 800,000 federal employees. It was unclear what basis Trump could use to declare a national emergency.

The President tweeted he will "address the nation" Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET "on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern border", two days before he is scheduled to visit the border.

A White House official said Trump wants to make his case about the government shutdown and wall funding in advance of Thursday's border trip.

White House counsel is reviewing whether the president has the ability to declare a national emergency in the current situation, Pence told reporters on Monday. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are furloughed or working without pay.

"Trump says "the Mexicans will pay for this wall.' I don't see that", he said".

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As a first act, the newly-empowered House Democrats passed legislation last week to re-open the government while congressional leaders and the administration continued to debate border security.

The White House did not return a request for comment on Monday night to clarify Trump's statement about the presidents. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the wall "immoral" and refuses to budge on providing taxpayers' funding for it.

"Look, if Harry Truman couldn't nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this President doesn't have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion dollar wall on the border", Schiff said. This week, they will pass a series of bills to reopen federal agencies after weekend talks between the Trump administration and Democratic negotiators failed to end a stalemate.

According to the report from Rebecca Ballhaus and Peter Nicholas, "During a private meeting with aides at Camp David on Sunday, Mr. Trump said he wanted them to come up with a resolution to the shutdown fight that would reopen the government without him appearing to have capitulated to Democrats, a person familiar with the meeting said".

Trump has argued the wall is necessary for national security and has tried to link terrorism to illegal immigration, without providing evidence, as justification for the plan.

Eric Shultz, a spokesman for former president Barack Obama, pointed The Post to past remarks in which Obama spoke critically about the wall.

Trump visited the southern border last March.

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