Trump steps up attacks on Pelosi for opposing border wall funds

Trump breaks brief public silence during border negotiations

‘No wall money’: Pelosi draws line in the sand on border budget ahead of potential second shutdown

"I think she's very bad for our country", Trump said in an interview with CBS, referring to the recent standoff over his demand for a border wall that resulted in a 35-day partial government shutdown.

Democratic control of the House, even as Republicans maintain a majority in the Senate, endangers Trump's legislative goals including wall funding.

While President Trump did not explicitly say he plans to declare a national emergency in order to secure his border wall funding, during an interview with the New York Times published Thursday evening he called talks with Democrats over wall funding a "waste of time".

"Democrats have put forward strong, smart and effective border security solutions in the bipartisan conference committee, while the President still refuses to take a second shutdown off the table". "She wanted to win a political point. She doesn't mind human trafficking or she wouldn't do this", he added. But we will, at the same time, be building - regardless, we're building wall and we're building a lot of wall.

'We're going to have to see what happens on February 15th, ' the president said, adding: 'I don't take anything off the table'.

When Trump first threaten to declare a national emergency as a way to get the wall last month, Common Dreams reported on legal scholars who warned that "the American constitution does not contemplate such presidential unilateralism". "And this really is an invasion of our country by human traffickers".

Before the shutdown ended, Trump had threatened to declare a national emergency, diverting funds from the Department of Defense to build the wall.

'I happen to think it's very bad politics because basically she wants open borders'. A McConnell spokesman declined to discuss the senator's private conversations.

Trump doubled down on the need for his proposed wall on Sunday afternoon, tweeting: 'With Caravans marching through Mexico and toward our Country, Republicans must be prepared to do whatever is necessary for STRONG Border Security.

Melania Trump, right, made a rare appearance at the White House yesterday. She said the 17 House and Senate negotiators working on legislation to fund homeland security for the fiscal year should decide components of border security.

"The President's wild and predictable misrepresentations about Democrats' commitment to border security do nothing to make our country safer", she said. Previously they had supported $1.3 billion for new fencing and improvements to existing barriers.

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