President Trump opted against declaring a national border emergency for now, but he did push back at Democrats for not working with him on funding for a border wall.
The president touted a plan to fund his border wall and also finance other border security and migrant-detention needs his team and senior congressional aides agreed to over the weekend. He called it a commonsense approach, but it still lacks any Democratic lawmaker support.
“Democrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis,” the president said. “The federal government remains shut down for one reason, and one reason only: Because Democrats will not fund border security.”
That came almost a month to the day after he told senior Democratic leaders in the Oval Office he would “take the mantle” of a shutdown, though since it started 18 days ago, he has tried shifting blame to the opposition party.