Trump makes his case for bor­der wall

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump has vis­ited the US-Mex­ico bor­der in a bid to bol­ster his case for a wall af­ter talks with Democrats ended in ac­ri­mony.

Mr Trump stormed out of his meet­ing with con­gres­sional lead­ers as ef­forts to end the par­tial govern­ment shut­down fell into deeper dis­ar­ray. Hun­dreds of thou­sands of fed­eral work­ers will not be paid again to­day.

“The Op­po­si­tion Party & the Dems know we must have Strong Bor­der Se­cu­rity, but don’t want to give ‘Trump’ an­other one of many wins!” Mr Trump tweeted.

Dur­ing his stop in McAllen, Mr Trump vis­ited a bor­der pa­trol sta­tion for a dis­cus­sion on im­mi­gra­tion and bor­der se­cu­rity.

But Mr Trump has ex­pressed his own doubts that his ap­pear­ance and re­marks will change any minds, as he seeks $5.7 bil­lion (£4.5bn) for the wall that has been his sig­na­ture prom­ise since his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

McAllen is lo­cated in the Rio Grande Val­ley, the busi­est part of the bor­der for il­le­gal bor­der cross­ings.

The un­rav­el­ling talks prompted fur­ther spec­u­la­tion about whether Mr Trump would de­clare a na­tional emergency and try to au­tho­rise the wall on his own if Con­gress will not ap­prove the money he is seek­ing.

“I think we might work a deal, and if we don’t I might go that route,” he said.

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