Pelosi Will Be Begging For A Wall After More Caravans

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"There's not going to be any wall money in the legislation", she added.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are now trying to come up with a border security compromise - though Pelosi´s tough statement Thursday did not augur well.

In the Oval Office Thursday afternoon Trump said Pelosi was "playing games", emphasizing, "if they don't give us a wall it doesn't work".

Trump also indicated in another tweet the extent to which he may already be resigned to Congress not satisfying him on "the DESPERATELY needed WALL". "Let them have that discussion", the Speaker told reporters.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., on Thursday refuted President Donald Trump, who said earlier that day that Republicans were "wasting their time" in budget negotiations with Democrats. The Democratic measure, totalling almost $22bn for US customs, border patrol and immigration agents, would significantly increase spending for scanners at ports of entry, humanitarian aid for apprehended migrants and new aircraft to police the US-Mexico border.

Pelosi, however, left a small door open to expanding the fencing that now exists along portions of the southern border. "If there's no wall, it doesn't work", he said. "On February 15, the committee will come back, and if they don't have a wall, I don't even want to waste my time reading what they have, because it's a waste of time", he said.

Trump responded in a letter from the White House, accepting Pelosi's invitation. You know, fortunately, I don't need money. He's referencing what we already have, nearly 700 miles of wall. Pelosi's hard-line move could push the president further in that direction. But Trump is anxious about his base, which has been extremely loyal to him but wants the border wall he promised so frequently - and loudly - during his campaign. Trump's GOP allies acknowledge he might have settled for just a fraction of it. It would freeze the number of border patrol agents and block any wall construction in wildlife refuges along the border.

Trump's announcement comes less than a week after he ended the longest government shutdown in American history by signing a temporary spending bill that expires in two weeks.

"Democrats are once again supporting strong border security as an essential component of homeland security".

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Previously, Democrats have supported $1.3 billion for new border fencing this year or improvements to existing fencing. "Whether it's a fence, a wall, a barrier, or what", Shelby said.

But the president has also found vindication in internal polling (purportedly) showing that his voters do care deeply about the border wall - and appreciate the radical steps he's taken to secure it.

Trump has said the odds of avoiding a shutdown are "less than 50-50".

On that, she and the White House may agree.

"The components of border security are people, technology and a barrier. And everybody has voted for all three", said Sen. "We've got a lot of natural barriers".

The divide led to the longest government shutdown in United States history, which will resume on 15 February if no budget can be agreed.

"I was elected partially on this issue", Trump told Politico.

The comments at once served notice that Democrats weren't ruling out financing physical structures, but would do so only on a limited basis.

"Nancy Pelosi will be begging for a wall".