Sunday, President Trump pledged not to bend in his demand for a Wall along the southern border with Mexico but said the barrier could be made of steel instead of concrete as a potential compromise with Democrats who refuse to fund the project.
“VP Mike Pence and group had a productive meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives today. Many details of Border Security were discussed. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the USA,” the President said on Twitter Sunday evening.
President Trump’s comments came at the start of the 3rd week of a partial government shutdown.
President Trump is considering declaring a national emergency as an alternative way to build the Wall, depending on the outcome of talks in the coming days.
Democrats, led by new Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), consider the wall to be immoral and have declined to approve the $5.6-B President Trump wants to make good on the signature promise of his 2016 Presidential campaign.
The debate was a “very important battle to win from the standpoint of safety, number 1, and defining our country and who we are,” President Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for Camp David, Presidential retreat.
“The barrier, or the wall, can be of steel instead of concrete, if that helps people. It may be better,” he said.
The White House warned again that the shutdown could last for some time while suggesting that the offer of a steel barrier was an olive branch to Democrats.
Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s acting Chief of Staff said on TV Sunday, that agreeing to a steel separation would allow Democrats to stick to their refusal to fund a Wall.
“That should help us move in the right direction,” said Mr. Mulvaney, who is also the head of the Office of Management and Budget.
President Trump is demanding that any funding to keep the federal government operational also include money to help build a $23-B wall along the US border with Mexico.
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