Trump to Call on Democrats to ‘Heal,’ and Bashes Pelosi Over Wall

Pelosi's press conference was the first since the end of the 53-day government shutdown which began last December over disputes on funding a partial-wall along the Mexican border.

Trump said at a White House event that he might declare such an emergency because it did not appear that Democrats in Congress were moving toward a deal that would provide the money he wants to help fund the wall, which Democrats broadly oppose. You need a wall.

In another, he added: Let's just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games!

Trump said he wants to keep the USA military base in Iraq rather than pull troops out like in Syria and Afghanistan "because I want to be able to watch Iran". Instead, they proposed giving Customs and Border Protection $98 million more than the agency received previous year, enough to hire about 1,000 more Border Patrol agents, as well as giving $77 million more than the $353 million that Trump requested for buying and deploying security technology.

Trump's speech had been scheduled for January 29, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called it off because the shutdown was underway, leading to an angry response from the president, who denied her and several other Democrats access to a military plane to visit USA troops in Afghanistan. His comment came about an hour after Pelosi said any legislation that panel produces will not propose a single penny to his proposed wall.


Democrats, who control the lower house, have repeatedly rejected Trump's funding demands, saying that he has made the wall project a political crusade to demonize immigrants and to satisfy his base. I happen to think it's very bad politics because basically she wants open borders. "Because we have a much better issue".

'If they're not going to give money for the wall ... it's not going to work...'

Earlier Friday, Trump was coy about his plans for a potential national emergency, which advisers have said could allow him to redirect some Pentagon funding to build the wall on the U.S. -Mexico border. That pact is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump called unfair to American workers.

The administration also has negotiated the outlines of a tentative peace deal with the Taliban, which could lead to a drawdown of USA forces in Afghanistan.

"I'm certainly thinking about it", he said of declaring the emergency. But we will, at the same time, be building - regardless, we're building wall and we're building a lot of wall. Trump said his aversion to letting his son play football is because "it's a risky sport and I think it's really tough". "People that didn't have any idea - they didn't have a clue as to what was happening, they now know exactly what's happening".


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