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Trump is demanding over 5 billion USA dollars in border security to deliver his signature campaign promise to build the border wall, whose construction and funding have been strongly rejected by Democrats.

Later in the afternoon, Trump told reporters, "We're looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency". Many details of Border Security were discussed. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the wall "immoral".

"This shutdown could end tomorrow and it could also go on for a long time", Trump said.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith said the executive power has been used to build military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, but would likely be "wide open" to a court challenge for the wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

About 800,000 government workers are either on leave or working without pay.

House Democrats plan to pass a series of bills this week to reopen government, breaking up legislation they have already approved in a bid to get Republicans to agree to reopen certain agencies, Hoyer said on "Meet the Press". Trump wants to erect steel and/or concrete walls over 30 feet tall on more than 200 miles of the border that would include new and replacement barriers.

Trump also asserted that he could relate to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who aren't receiving paychecks, though he acknowledged they will have to "make adjustments" to deal with the shutdown shortfall.

As Democrats prepare a flurry of investigations into the conduct of Mr. Trump and the ties between Russian Federation and his presidency and campaign - and as much of the Democratic base and some of the members of the House Democratic caucus clamour to begin impeachment procedures - the fraught relationship between the White House on the one hand and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on the other is infected by a fresh brawl over immigration. "I can't say that we're close (to a solution)", he told CBS, "because the president's made it clear he doesn't care".

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The women, who are now under police protection, can be seen leaving the shrine in videos that have been circulating on WhatsApp. The Sabarimala temple is devoted to the deity Lord Ayappa, who according to legend was born from a union between two male gods.

"It has to be a bipartisan process", Schiff said on CNN's State of the Union. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete.

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. "This is a very important battle to win from the standpoint of safety, number one, defining our country and who we are".

Trump, who was not part of the negotiations, spent Saturday morning tweeting about the partial shutdown and border wall.

Trump said on Friday he "may" attempt to invoke emergency powers to build the wall, although such a move would be expected to face legal action.

House Democrats passed two bills Thursday night that would separate out Department of Homeland Security funding so that every other impacted government agency would have funding through the fiscal year.

"Republican hypocrisy at its finest: saying that Trump admitting to sexual assault on tape is just 'locker room talk, ' but scandalizing themselves into faux-outrage when my sis says a curse word in a bar", Ocasio-Cortez wrote Saturday on Twitter, referring to Trump's lewd comments on a 2005 "Access Hollywood " tape that surfaced during the 2016 campaign.

"If he has to give up a concrete wall, replace it with a steel fence in order to do that so that Democrats can say, 'See?"


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