3 days away from record-length shutdown

CNN's John Avlon breaks down President Trump's prime-time speech from the oval office on immigration and border security as the partial government shutdown continues.

Posted: Jan 10, 2019 5:38 AM
Updated: Jan 10, 2019 6:02 AM

President Donald Trump dug in Wednesday on his demand for border wall funding, stressing the need for southern border wall to stem the flow of illegal immigration and arguing it would be politically "foolish" for him to agree to reopen the government unless his demands are met.

"They say it's a medieval solution, a wall. It's true, because it worked then and it works even better now," Trump said during a bill signing event in the Oval Office.

Beyond his views on the effectiveness of a border wall, Trump also made clear that he is sticking by that demand because he could face a political backlash from some Republicans if he backs down.

"Right now, if I did something that was foolish like gave up on border security, the first ones that would hit me are my senators. They'd be angry at me," Trump said, expressing publicly what he's told lawmakers and allies over the past several weeks. "The second ones would be the House and the third ones would be, frankly, my base and a lot of Republicans out there and a lot of Democrats that want to see border security."

Trump's comments came shortly before he headed to Capitol Hill to shore up support among Senate Republicans during their weekly lunch, at a moment when some Republicans have begun to signal that Trump should sign appropriations bills that will reopen the government now rather than remain defiant on his border wall demands.

"The Republicans are unified," Trump said after the meeting with Senate Republicans. Trump also claimed it's Democrats who are more likely to cave.

So far, though, no Democratic lawmakers have called for their leaders to agree to fund the border wall to reopen the government.

The ongoing stalemate -- which entered its 19th day on Wednesday -- has led Trump to keep the door open to declaring a national emergency in order to appropriate existing government funds to build a border wall. Trump considered but ultimately decided against declaring the national emergency in his Tuesday prime-time address, but made clear on Wednesday he could still go that route.

"I really believe the Democrats and the Republicans are working together. I think something will happen, I hope," he said. "Otherwise we'll go about it in a different manner."

He added that he believes he has "the absolute authority to do a national emergency if I want" and said he would follow through "if I can't make a deal with people that are unreasonable."

The President also signaled an openness to a broader immigration deal and said the shutdown could be a "blessing in disguise" that would lead to a broader immigration deal.

"I would love to see a big immigration bill that would really take care of this situation," Trump said. "Right now, we have a problem and we have to take care of this. But we would like to see real immigration reform in this country."

Despite those comments, the White House has yet to signal a willingness to reaching a broader deal that would include both funding for the wall and protections for undocumented immigrants, like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. The White House previously walked away from such a deal last year.

The White House is continuing a full-court press to argue that there is a "crisis" on the southern border and that a wall is the solution to that problem.

Trump and Democrats remain at an impasse over border wall funding, with Trump so far refusing to agree to a spending bill that does not include border wall funding and Democrats refusing to support legislation that does fund a border wall.

After meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and at the White House on Wednesday, Trump will head to the US-Mexico border on Thursday to continue making his pitch.

But privately, Trump has said his photo op on the border will also likely do little to upend the stalemate.

"It's not going to change a damn thing, but I'm still doing it," Trump told TV news anchors and White House officials during an off-the-record meeting on Tuesday, according to The New York Times.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

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