Over the course of the morning, both sides hardened their positions.
Trump had allowed the government to shut down on December 22, after Democrats refused to provide more than $5bn in funding for his proposed border wall.
Nevertheless, House speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled Thursday that she might be willing to bring back the "fence" funds her caucus had previously approved.
House Democrats offered a vague border security plan with no money for his wall. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.), and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) details their demands concerning homeland security, the Daily Beast first reported Thursday.
"Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and Caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL". He immediately demanded an Oval Office briefing on the poll numbers, which indicated that while a plurality of voters in ten congressional districts blamed Trump for the shutdown, they also supported his push for a border wall. He was appearing with Cabinet members and executives to sign an executive order meant to spur manufacturing. "A WALL is a WALL!" he tweeted. Which is to say, they are trying to find a collecting of verbs and nouns that, when combined, will produce a "Schrödinger's wall".
"We do not need 2,000 miles of concrete wall from sea to shining sea", the president explained.
Ironically, the shutdown itself ended up costing the government an estimated $11 billion dollars, which is almost twice the $5.7 billion Trump wanted allocated for a wall in the first place. Is there a place for enhanced fencing?
A senior White House aide also assured Politico that the declaration will be "100 percent ready and coordinated", should border wall negotiations fail as expected.
Though they made tailored demands of their fellow lawmakers now negotiating a budget solution, the four also referenced their broader ambitions moving forward, saying "we need comprehensive immigration reform".
"Let them work their will", she said of the appropriators serving on the conference committee. "Intelligence... shall we go to that subject on the president?"
Such a move would nearly certainly spark legal challenges.
Trump's threat to unilaterally build the wall through an unprecedented use of emergency powers could upset congressional Republicans.
"No, I'm not concerned". "I would do that", he said.
"I'm waiting until February 15". Lawmakers negotiating the bill are well aware that he could quash an agreement at any time, plunging them back into crisis.
Upon entering the room full of reporters, she said, "Full house".
Originally, Trump reveled in the word "wall", leading chants at political rallies of "build the wall!"
Instead, he's been taking meetings and making calls behind closed doors.
"Smart border security is not overly reliant on physical barriers", House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat, said as the session began.
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