Trump will "probably" declare national emergency absent a deal in Congress

Sen. Marco Rubio: National Emergency Move Could Hurt GOP

Before the shutdown began on December 22, Trump declared at a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, that he would be "proud" to close the government "for border security."

The mixed news came Thursday afternoon, when senators voted unanimously to authorize the eventual post-shutdown funding of back pay.

McConnell has made clear that he won't take up any legislation related to the shutdown in the Senate that President Donald Trump won't sign.

President Trump visits McAllen, Texas to meet with Border Patrol agents on immigration, border security.

"And so I want to ease their anxiety about that particular possibility". Declaring a national emergency, the president explained, frees up a "tremendous" amount of funds.

The president stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday as efforts to end the shutdown fell into deeper disarray.

Rubio said he does support Trump's call for a wall, because he would agree with funding "anything that makes the border more secure".

"I knew the fake news likes to say it - when during the campaign I would say, 'Mexico is going to pay for it, ' obviously I never said this, and I never meant they're gonna write out a check".

White House officials, even those who feel they've "won" the shutdown messaging so far, say they believe things will take a turn starting Friday, when hundreds of thousands of federal workers won't receive their paychecks.

Trump's announcement that he doesn't want Mexico to pay for the wall directly contradicts an April 2016 memo created by his campaign team, according to CNN.

"Somebody's got to like get some energy to fix this", he said.

But throughout the day, the frustrated president also repeated his threat to declare a national emergency and give himself authority to go around Congress if he can't get approval for the wall.

Trump disputed that on Thursday, saying "I didn't pound the table".

"I think we should do it legislatively", Jordan told reporters, "because if [Trump] goes the emergency route, I'm convinced it's going to wind up in court".

Yanira de Hernandez, a 52-year-old Salvadoran migrant who hopes to get to USA soil from Mexico, said she simply dreams of a better life in a country built on immigration. "We hope he (Trump) understands that and that God helps him to change, because his ancestors were migrants too", she said in the Mexican border city of Tijuana.

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