President Trump to give prime time address on border security Tuesday night

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A White House official told CNN on Saturday that Trump was leaning towards declaring a national emergency to use military funding for his wall.

"Trump says "the Mexicans will pay for this wall.' I don't see that", he said".

Pence, who participated in weekend discussions on the shutdown, said Democratic staff said there would be no negotiations until the government is reopened.

Gutfeld added that Democrats agree with the president on border security, but they voice opposition for personal reasons against him.

Pence also says he and Nielsen will be visiting the Capitol Tuesday and Wednesday to brief House and Senate members.

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President Trump is set to give his first ever prime time address from the Oval Office amid the partial government shutdown.

Trump showed no signs of budging on his demand for more than $5 billion for a wall along the border, though on Sunday he did offer to build it with steel rather than concrete, a concession Democrats panned. Trump wants to make his case about the government shutdown and wall funding in advance of Thursday's border trip.

The address is scheduled for 8 p.m.

This comes as Trump announced he will be traveling to the U.S. -Mexico border on Thursday in a bid to highlight border security, as he presses Democrats for wall funding amid the protracted standoff that triggered a partial government shutdown now stretching into its 17th day. Their new speaker, Nancy Pelosi, quickly stepped up pressure on Trump and Senate Republicans by pushing legislation that would fund the shuttered parts of the government through September, and allow a month for talks on border security.

Trump, however, tweeted late Sunday afternoon that the meeting was productive.

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As the shutdown lurched into a third week, many Republicans watched nervously from the sidelines as hundreds of thousands of federal workers went without pay and government disruptions hit the lives of ordinary Americans.

"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", Schiff said. "Some of them have told me that we should have done it".

Along with $5.6 billion for the wall, the administration has called for another $800 million for "urgent humanitarian needs" to take care of migrants at the border.

Russell Vought, OMB's acting director, said tax refunds for Americans will be processed and will be not be considered "non-accepted activities" during the shutdown. The House had passed the measure as one of its last acts at the end of eight years of GOP control of the lower chamber of Congress, but the Senate could not pass it because Senate Democrats lined up to prevent it from reaching the necessary 60-vote threshold.

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