Trump holds firm on border wall; offers steel option as compromise

Members of Congress arrive before the start of the 116th Congress and swearing-in ceremony on the floor of the US House of Representatives at the US Capitol

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's acting chief of staff, told NBC's Meet the Press program that agreeing to a steel separation would allow Democrats to stick to their refusal to fund a wall.

But we can call a national emergency and build it very quickly.

Trump is still digging in his heels, demanding billions for a border barrier that Democrats won't provide. In an interview that aired Thursday morning, Pelosi said that she will withhold a decision until Special Counsel Robert Mueller issues his report in the Russian Federation investigation. "GOP lost entitlement to policing women's behavior a long time ago".

Congressional Democrats have vowed not to give the US leader any money for the wall.

Large chunks of the federal government shut down on December 22 after lawmakers and the president hit an impasse over Trump's demands to build a wall.

"These four bills, which are expected to be considered in the House this week, will immediately reopen key parts of the federal government and stop the harm the Trump Shutdown is inflicting on American families, businesses, and communities".

The tweet continued to say that "we are now planning a steel barrier rather than concrete", and called it a "good solution".

OPM's move comes after Trump issued an executive order last week freezing federal workers' pay for 2019, following through on a proposal he announced earlier in the year.

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Lawmakers in the US House, which now has a Democratic majority, passed two resolutions - H.R. 21 and 1 - to reopen the federal government despite the fact that the White House Budget Office on Thursday said the Trump administration would veto the spending bills because they lacked border security funding.

On this weekend's broadcast of Fox News Channel's "Justice", host Jeanine Pirro criticized Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the freshman congresswoman who said during her remarks at an event the new Democrat-controlled Congress would "go in and impeach the motherfucker", apparently referring to President Donald Trump. Trump had previously promised a concrete wall, but now says it could be made of steel slats.

Trump has demanded Congress appropriate money for the wall, and his dispute with Democrats over the issue pushed the government into an ongoing partial shutdown.

"Look, if Harry Truman couldn't nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this president doesn't have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion-dollar wall on the border", the California Democrat said on CNN's "State of the Union".

A White House official said the meeting included a briefing on border security by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. A day earlier, the president had tweeted that he didn't care that "most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats". Such a move is certain to draw legal challenges.

Democratic Senator Doug Jones, appearing on the same programme, said the White House has not presented a plan to use the money. "There's not going to be any bend right here", Trump said.

"The House will first consider the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, which funds the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service, to ensure that hardworking Americans can receive their tax refunds on schedule". But Democrats have made clear they see a wall as immoral and ineffective and prefer other types of border security funded at already agreed upon levels.

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