Trump could compromise over concrete wall on Mexico border, says top aide


The Democrats took control of the House of Representatives just days ago and senior opponents of the USA president there have vowed to block his key electoral promise of a wall.

One of the officials says no new meetings have been scheduled.

"I probably have a generational reaction to it", Pelosi said in an interview with Joy Reid on Friday "But in any event, I'm not in the censorship business. Now he wants to take $20 billion out of the defense budget to build a wall, which by the way is not going to improve our border security", he added.

Speaking to reporters later in the day, Trump said he had told aides to say that they wanted a steel barrier, rather than the concrete wall he promised during the campaign.

But a Democratic aide familiar with the meeting said Democrats urged the White House to pass measures to reopen the government without wall funding and Pence said Trump would not do that.

The president and his conservative allies have insisted that the wall is essential to addressing illegal immigration and drug trafficking, while Democrats have slapped the proposal as an "inefficient, unnecessary and costly" solution to strengthening border security.

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Among the Republicans expressing concerns was Sen.

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But the Administration - represented by Pence, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and senior adviser Jared Kushner - refused, according to multiple officials.

"Does President Trump have the ability, have the authority, to national emergency, have the military build his wall", Stephanopoulos asked. Such a move would nearly certainly be met with legal challenges. It's been done a number of times but primarily it's been done to build facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq and in this case, I think the president would be wide open to a court challenge, saying 'where's the emergency?'" Smith told George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" on Sunday "You have to establish that in order to do this.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called it a "non-starter".

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In a bid to force Democrats' hand, Trump has said that he is considering declaring a national emergency to begin wall construction without congressional approval.

"I am sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustment, they always do", Trump said.

"Are you recalibrating your assessment of how you can work with this president?" Democrats say they will not agree to any additional money for a wall, and that the government should re-open while negotiations continue.

"That should help us move in the right direction", said Mulvaney, who is also the head of the Office of Management and Budget.

Meanwhile, Mick Mulvaney, his acting chief of staff, said the USA president was prepared to take the notion of a concrete wall permanently "off the table" replacing it with a "steel fence" as a concession to Democrats.

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