The Senate had good news and bad news for the 800,000 federal employees who won't get paychecks on Friday because of the partial government shutdown: Yes, they will be paid, but no, not until there's a deal to restore funding.
Trump said his planned trip later this month to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is "still on", but if the partial government shutdown is still going he "won't go". He is seeking to use the trip to bolster his argument that a wall is needed on security and humanitarian grounds.
Democrats have offered more resources to improve border security, including new infrastructure, more personnel, and better technology, but Trump and the Republicans will not budge on wall funding.More news: Woman unable to hear male voices over rare medical condition
The president and congressional Democrats remain at an impasse over his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall along the southern border.
"He's going to say I opened the government, I took control, I put people back to work, I made us safer".
As it stands, voters hold the GOP and Trump responsible for the shutdown. He and other White House officials have repeatedly called the issue a "humanitarian and security crisis".
Asked about Schumer's charge he pounded the situation room table, Trump replied: "I didn't pound the table".More news: Nissan's Carlos Ghosn indicted on two new charges
Trump floated the idea last week of declaring a national emergency about the situation at the southern US border in order to immediately move forward on construction of the wall.
Senate Democratic Whip Richard J. Durbin met with Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Wednesday morning to warn him about a national emergency, which budget and legal experts say would allow Trump to access already appropriated but "unobligated" Pentagon dollars for the border barrier project. "I'm not prepared to endorse that right now; I want to think about it some more, I want to dig in to some of the historical record as to why that power is there, how it's been used in the past".
"If today, the national emergency is border security. tomorrow the national emergency might be climate change", Rubio said. Trump said he would "take the mantle" for the shutdown. "I should have, but I didn't smash the table", he told reporters on Thursday outside the White House.More news: Chris Jericho On Why He Really Signed With All Elite Wrestling