Pelosi and Trump harden positions on border wall

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Trump indicated in his interview that he'd prefer to allow current litigation challenging both the constitutionality of the act itself and the constitutionality of his repeal to make its way through the courts before he offers any concessions on the Act, even if it means he may not get the border wall funding he's looking for in the next round of budget negotiations.

Evan Hollander, a House Appropriations Committee spokesman, said the Democratic plan detailed on Thursday was the party's "position entering conference negotiations" and "every proposal raised by conferees will be thoughtfully considered".

Trump has said if they can not come to an agreement on a bill that includes the money he demands for the wall, he'll declare a national emergency on the southern border that would allow him to secure funds without lawmakers' approval.

"There's not going to be any wall money in the legislation", she said.

The top Democrat in Congress said if Republicans have suggestions about adding more ports of entry or technologies, those kinds of things would be negotiable. Trump retaliated by postponing an overseas junket Pelosi had planned, citing the same excuse, and vowed to find another venue in which to deliver the speech. "Normandy fencing would work", Pelosi said.

A current sticking point is the use of the Army Corps of Engineers, which Trump wants to build the wall.

"If the president wants to call that a wall, he can call it a wall", she concluded.

Pelosi said she is committed to leaving the appropriators to their own devices, and said she would be willing to bring any agreement they reach to the House floor for a vote.

Thursday at her weekly press briefing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) mocked President Donald Trump's intelligence.

"The Wall is getting done one way or the other!" he tweeted. "I don't expect much coming out of this committee". Is there a place for enhanced fencing?

A Democratic negotiator, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, brushed aside Trump's tweets, saying people are paying less attention to them. I think we need technology because that helps a lot.

"If they come up with a bipartisan consensus, of course", she said.

The Democratic measure, totaling nearly $22 billion for U.S. Customs, the border patrol, and immigration agents, would significantly increase spending for scanners at ports of entry, humanitarian aid for apprehended migrants, and new aircraft to police the U.S. -Mexico border. "President Trump has assured me that he will be proudly walking the steps of the Capitol, just like Ben Franklin, George Washington and Alexander Hamilton before him".

Trump said in the Oval Office on Thursday that he's "not concerned" about potential legal challenges if he declares a national emergency to build a border wall.

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