Donald Trump Plans Prime-time White House Address on Border Security

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USPresident Donald Trump said his administration is now planning a steel barrier on the United States border with Mexico rather than a concrete wall, even as he renewed a threat to invoke a national emergency as a way to circumvent Congress on border funding.

Americans largely blame President Trump for the shutdown, thanks in part to awful media coverage, and thanks in part to President Trump's originally nationally televised statements that he would happily "own" the shutdown.

The only change made after this weekend's border security talks were that Trump has backed off plans for a concrete wall and is now talking about erecting steel barriers at the border.

Also, on "This Week", Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said of the possible national emergency declaration that "nobody wants to invoke it", but the border wall issue is "completely captive" to congressional Democrats.

Jerry Nadler, a Democrat in the House of Representatives, scornfully predicted: "I expect the president to lie to the American people".

Trump insists a new wall is vital for protecting the USA border with Mexico.

Mr Trump said in December he would be "proud" to shut the government down over the wall and last week told politicians it could last months.

Trump has made building a wall the central theme of his nationalist domestic policies.

A US Border Patrol agent works on the beach preventing migrants from entering San Diego, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico.

The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 5 p.m.

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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Hetch Hetchy, Wawona and Hodgdon Meadow Campgrounds, and all snow play areas were also closed. While most U.S. national parks remain open, the shutdown has left staff at home, facilities unavailable and campsites closed .

Trump asserted that he could relate to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who aren't getting paid, though he acknowledged they will have to "make adjustments" to deal with the shutdown shortfall. "They always do. People understand what's going on".

"The impression you get from the president (is) that he would like to not only close government, build a wall, but also abolish Congress so the only voice that mattered was his own", Pelosi told Jane Pauley in the interview, which aired on CBS News' "Sunday Morning".

Trump said he planned to call the heads of American steel companies in hopes of coming up with a new design for the barrier he contends must be built along the southern border.

Talks to end the government shutdown - led by Vice President Mike Pence - again ended without a breakthrough on Saturday. It's clearly not opposition to the concept of border deterrence on the part of current Democratic leaders, who have both supported strong border controls in the past.

Still, it would be hard for broadcasters to deny the airtime, particularly given the pushback from the right and the inevitable comparisons to the times that such pre-emptions were granted to Trump's predecessors.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has flatly rejected providing any funding for a border wall to resolve the stalemate.

"They are essentially the same funding bills that the Republican Senate wrote and approved by a 92-6 margin during the last Congress", Hoyer said in a statement Sunday.

He has argued the wall is necessary for national security and has tried to link terrorism to illegal immigration, without providing evidence, as justification for the plan.

'If he has to give up a concrete wall, replace it with a steel fence in order to do that so that Democrats can say, 'See?

Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama said on Fox News that Trump has some "inherent powers" to bypass Congress, but that border funding must be done the right way, via legislation. "And it's been that way for decades, and we can't have it anymore", Trump said.

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