Trump says wall can be a steel fence

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President Donald Trump is adamant that he wants $5.6 billion to build a wall on the USA border with Mexico to block undocumented migrants trying to enter the U.S.

"This is a very important battle to win, in terms of safety, number one, defining our country, and who we are", Trump said.

Trump said on Sunday that he should not have to lower his demand for US$5.6 billion in border security funding.

Democrats say the administration on Sunday did not present full budget information they had requested on how the White House would use the $5.6 billion Trump wants for the wall.

"The only reason they do not want to build a Wall is that Walls Work!" He said drugs, victims of human trafficking, criminals, and gang members are continuing to cross the border onto USA soil.

Her statement said Democrats would "begin passing individual appropriations bills to re-open all government agencies, starting with the appropriations bill that covers the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service".

Trump also said that he planned to call the head of US Steel and other steel manufacturers to ask them to design a steel barrier for the southern border.

It pits Trump's unpredictable negotiating stylings against a largely united Democratic front, as many Republicans watch nervously from the sidelines and hundreds of thousands of federal workers go without pay.

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According to the New York Times, Democrats are "unmoved" by his steel barrier plans. "I think that's by intention", said Mulvaney, who is serving as the top White House aide in an acting capacity.

Yesterday, newly-elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi did not exclude the possibility of Trump's impeachment, however, she noted that the Democrats were waiting for the results of the investigation on Russia's interference in the US presidential elections.

Before the OPM issued its memo, President Donald Trump had said Friday he "might consider" asking these officials to not accept their raises because of the shutdown. Trump had previously promised a concrete wall, but now says it could be made of steel slats.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called it a "non-starter". Even if the House advances any articles of impeachment, a two-thirds-majority vote to convict Trump in the Republican-controlled Senate and remove him from office would seem out of the question, barring astonishing new revelations. A day earlier, the president had tweeted that he didn't care that "most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats".

The president has already suggested his definition of the wall is flexible, referring to slats and other "border things". The White House said money was not discussed in depth, but the administration was clear about the need for a wall and the goal of resolving the shutdown all at once, not piecemeal. "He's not building a wall anymore, ' that should help us move in the right direction", Mulvaney said.

Democrats, who took control of the House of Representatives last week, passed a Bill to reopen the government without providing additional funding for the wall, and have insisted that reopening the government should not be contingent upon wall construction funds.

Mulvaney, sought to frame Trump's support for a steel barrier as progress in the negotiations, saying on NBC that "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?" Mexico has refused. He's now demanding the money from Congress.

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