Donald Trump Cancels Davos Trip Over US-Mexico Border Wall Row

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President Donald Trump is departing for the southern border to make the case for the wall on Thursday, the 20th day of the government shutdown, and as a congressional solution seems out of reach, it appears that President Trump is moving closer to declaring a national emergency on the border. The president argues this is essential for border security and claims the current situation is a crisis.

As Trump traveled to the southern border to meet with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to discuss border security, Graham has been trying to lobby members of Congress to come to an agreement on a bill that would fund the government and protect the borders.

However, patience with the shutdown is wearing thin as 800,000 federal employees are left unpaid, government contractors are losing money, and people who rely on public services are left waiting for everything to reopen when a bipartisan deal is eventually done. Trump said he would "take the mantle" for the shutdown.

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There has been serious debate internally about the legal ramifications of President Trump declaring a national emergency so he can build his border wall without congressional approval. Things could only get worse on Saturday, when news outlets and television networks will be able to declare this the longest continuous shutdown in USA history. "The Democrats are apparently not going to negotiate until the government is open, and if you even open the government, the House isn't going to negotiate about funding for the wall".

Rudalevige also points out that "as of 2019, the United States has been in a continuous state of emergency for four full decades" - just as it was from 1933 to 1973, which saw emergencies declared for The Great Depression, World War II, and the Korean War. He's gonna say the Democrats closed it. But that's not gonna matter.

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.

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"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 going to write out a check. Democrats, go. What do you do as Democrats?"

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. "And that's why we're all chumps".

But Trump said otherwise on Thursday, though the USMCA has not yet been ratified by Congress.

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Trump is to visit a border patrol station and receive a briefing on border security.