Trump Tells N.Y. Times: Border Wall Talks A ‘Waste Of Time’

Pelosi, Trump agree to Feb. 5 date for State of the Union

"By the way, if you go to Tijuana, and you take down that wall, we'll have so many people coming into our country that Nancy Pelosi will be begging for a wall - she'll be begging for a wall".

It would significantly boost spending for scanners at ports of entry, humanitarian aid for apprehended migrants, and new aircraft and ships to police the U.S. -Mexico border.

Democrats offered further details of their border security plan on Thursday, unveiling a measure that would not provide a penny for his wall, ignoring Trump's warnings that they'd be wasting their time if they don't come up with wall money.

Trump is infuriated over the progress of the talks, which only began on Wednesday and must conclude before February 15, when the continuing resolution funding the government expires.

Trump, though, does appear to care, tweeting Thursday morning: "Lets just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games!"

The campaign is called "We The People Will Build the Wall".

"It's all about two things - cost-benefit analysis, what's the best way and what do you get for your dollar to protect the border", she said.




Since coming to office, Trump has sought to tighten restrictions around immigration and asylum seeking in the U.S., prompting a widespread backlash from rights groups and critics alike. This led to a standoff in which Trump - trying unsuccessfully to increase pressure on Congress - refused to fully fund government, shutting down swaths of federal jobs for five weeks.

"There's not going to be any wall money in the legislation", she told reporters. "Wall is already being built, I don't expect much help!" "Let them have that discussion", the Speaker told reporters.

Pelosi's declaration promises to put a nail in Trump's request for $5.7 billion to build about 234 miles of barriers along the USA border with Mexico.

But the president has argued that while technology and agents are crucial to border safety, it's impossible to keep the country secure without a wall stemming the flood of illegal aliens that agents have had to deal with in recent years. Head of the committee and House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey said they were pushing for "smart border security".

"It is not a negotiation for the president to say".

Per Politico, Trump has been wedded to the idea of declaring a national emergency to deal with immigration since Stephen Miller whispered it in his ear. "We're building a lot of wall", he said. When asked if he agreed with Trump's remarks that they were "wasting their time", the Alabama senator and close Trump ally replied: "I hope we're not".

There is, of course, no "Master Chief of the Constitutional Watch" (per protocol, the House Sergeant at Arms announces the President's entrance before the address), nor does anyone hold the title of "White House Propaganda Minister".

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