‘No chaos at White House, but me nearly alone with a plan’

‘No chaos at White House, but me nearly alone with a plan’

‘No chaos at White House, but me nearly alone with a plan’

Top Republican lawmakers on Sunday warned against Donald Trump declaring a national emergency to secure funds for a border wall, signaling doubts within the president's party as a government shutdown was set to enter a fourth workweek.

The "easy solution is for me to call a national emergency ... but I'm not going to do it so fast", Trump said. "Many Hispanics will be coming over to the Republican side, watch!"

"We know that roughly, almost 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News, "and we know that our most vulnerable point of entry is at our southern border".

Trump has repeatedly described the situation at the U.S. - Mexico border as a "humanitarian crisis" as speculation has increased this week that he would circumvent Congress to begin building his signature wall - a move that would be sure to draw a court challenge from Democrats who say the barrier would be barbaric and ineffective.

The New York Times said it was not clear if the investigation to determine whether Mr Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow was still being pursued.

But the South Carolina Republican said Trump wants a deal first.

Trump rode hard his campaign promise to build a "big, attractive wall" to halt illegal immigration and stanch the flow of narcotics from Mexico, Central and South America.

Of the 800,000 federal employees going unpaid, about 350,000 are furloughed - a kind of temporary lay-off - while the rest are continuing to work.

"The damage done to our Country from a badly broken Border - Drugs, Crime and so much that is bad - is far greater than a Shutdown, which the Dems can easily fix as soon as they come back to Washington!" he wrote Sunday morning. "I will declare a national emergency", Trump said.

President Donald Trump is refusing to approve a federal budget unless it includes funding for a border wall.

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Although Trump has been frustrated with aides as he loses the public relations battle over the shutdown, White House attempts to use the trappings of the presidency to buttress his case for the wall have yielded mixed results in the president's view.

"I hope it works", he said in a statement.

The last meeting between Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican leaders ended with Trump walking out.

"I want to give them the chance to see if they can act responsibly", he told Fox in an interview late Saturday.

'Most conservatives want it to be the last resort he would use, ' said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who speaks to Trump frequently.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), responsible for airport security screening, said its rate of unscheduled absences rose to 5.6 percent on Saturday from 3.3 percent a year ago but that security standards have not been compromised.

Trump has threatened repeatedly to declare a national emergency to break the stalemate and to order the start of construction of a wall, although on Friday, he retreated from his previously aggressive rhetoric by noting that he is not ready to take such a step now.

But the measures are unlikely to be approved by the Senate, which is controlled by Mr Trump's Republicans.

Trump has told advisers he believes the fight for the wall, even if he never gets money for it, is a political win for him. Building the wall was one of the USA president's key election pledges but Democrats are fiercely opposed to his plans.

Still, as Trump tries to find a way out of the shutdown impasse, Republican consultant Rick Tyler argued that some of the president's ploys may be getting stale.

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