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THE BIG DEAL – Trump is getting closer to the emergency statement regarding the wall as immigration talks come to an end President TrumpDonald John TrumpAnalyst said the Trump Foundation would support him if he waived the wall's funding request. An author of the "Green Paper" apologizes for the Islamophobic tweet: "I will do better". The survey found that Trump had a 44% satisfaction rating when the site closed. that he may declare a national emergency to bypass the Congress if he can not reach an agreement with the Democrats on funding his long-promised border wall.
Trump spent most of the day near the US-Mexico border in Texas, which many in Washington see as a precursor to the emergency declaration after talks with congressional leaders imploded the day before.
"Well, we can declare a national emergency, we should not do it because it's just common sense," Trump told reporters along the Rio Grande River, flanked by agents border and stacks of blister border drugs.
But if the talks do not resume, Trump said, "you will see what happens with the national emergency, which I can do very easily and there is no doubt that it holds up."
What about money? The White House is considering a $ 13.9 billion financing approved by Congress last year as part of a disaster response bill to use to build the Trump Wall in the event that he declares an emergency. This bill provided for the funding of various projects of the Corps of Engineers, which had been allocated but not spent.
"I can tell you that this is definitely an option that has been presented to the president.Nothing has yet been finalized," said one administration official, who requested the anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
Another administration official confirmed that this option was under consideration, but indicated that other projects were also under discussion. Jordan Fabian of The Hill has history.
Discussions are breaking down: Trump's statement comes the day after a brief but explosive meeting at the White House with Democratic leaders. President leaves negotiating session with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiReport of 12:30 on the Hill: Giuliani says Trump's team should be allowed to "correct" Mueller's report | Trump is preparing to declare the national emergency | Congress approves wage arrears for federal workers Congress approves wage arrears for workers affected by the ongoing closure, future MPs vote in favor of the reopening of Interior, EPA, while the reduction salaries slammer MORE (D-Calif.) Et de Charles Schumer SalariesCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerCruz: "Schumer-Pelosi's response was one of the scariest things I saw" Fox affiliate dismissed employee for filming video of Trump office address Oval, according to a strategist of Dem. Party leaders struggle to build relationships with MORE Americans. Y.) after Pelosi rejected his request for funding of the border wall once the closure was completed.
Latest news from the house: Lawmakers Thursday tried to set the stage for the reopening of the government after 20 days of partial arrest.
But these bills will make the Senate shine: Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority LeaderAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellShutdown will break a record as the Senate leaves the city Congress approves the payment of wages of workers affected by the current closure, future MPs vote the reopening of Internal and the US. EPA, while closure controls wages on MORE (R-Ky.) Thursday blocked two House finance bills that would reopen the federal government.
The negotiations on immigration are running out of steam: The broader talks on immigration reform have also resulted in a failure in the Senate after the last effort by a group of Senate Republicans to end the partial closure of the government, which it's quickly ended in failure on Thursday.
After unsuccessful discussions between Trump and congressional leaders, the moderate group was seen as a last ditch effort to find a negotiated solution that would prevent Trump from declaring the construction of the wall urgently.
"I think we're stuck, I just do not see a way forward," Senator Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin Graham GOP Senators Sign Agreement on Immigration Wall While Stop Talks Suspended The Hill & # 39; s Morning Report: Trump Plans Money Options for Wall while the closure lasted 21 days. The memo: Trump Approaching the Emergency Statement MORE (R-S.C.) Told reporters. "I do not know who to talk to and I do not know what else to do."
Graham then asked Trump to build the wall through an emergency statement, adding "I hope it will work."
Trump promises to pay federal employees after closing: President Trump has promised Democratic Senator Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineShutdown Will Break Record as Senate Leave Town Report of 12:30: Hill: Giuliani Declares Trump Team Should Be Allowed to "Correct" Mueller's Report | Trump is preparing to declare the national emergency | Congress approves wage arrears for federal workers On The Money: Trump Approaching the Emergency Statement | Eyes bill for disaster funds | Trump promises to pay federal employees after closing | Fed chief warns that a long stop could hurt the economy | China notes progress in PLUS trade negotiations (Virginia) that it will sign a bill providing for the payment of a retroactive payment to federal workers once the government closure, which lasts for 20 days, finally ends.
The Senate passed a unanimous consent bill on Thursday night that said federal employees – essential employees and on leave – would be paid once the closure was over.
Federal employees will be short on Friday, causing consternation in the Washington, DC area.
Trump made his promise during a phone call with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), As part of an effort to find an agreement to adjourn the Senate this morning. week. Alexander Bolton of the hill has more.
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Powell, head of the Fed: A prolonged stop will hurt the US economy: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the partial closure of the government could hamper the US economy and the central bank's ability to keep it steady.
Powell told the Economic Club of Washington, DC, that an extended closure could hurt the world's largest economy, beyond the financial difficulties faced by hundreds of thousands of federal workers "indispensable "who should leave their country this week.
The Fed chief said that while the stops "usually do not last very long," an extended stop "would appear quite clearly in the data."
Powell said that it was difficult to assess the full economic impact shutdown since the closing of one of the main data sources of the central bank, the Department of Commerce.
China sees progress on "structural problems" in trade talks with the United StatesThe United States and Beijing have made progress on "structural problems" during talks aimed at resolving a trade dispute between the two countries, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday, according to Reuters.
Ministry spokesman Gao Feng was quoted as saying at a press conference that the two sides had made progress in areas such as forced technology transfers, intellectual property, tariffs and cyberattacks.
Gao added that the talks between the two countries were "serious" and "honest," the press service reported.
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