Donald Trump's weird new tactic on wall between Mexico and US

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President Donald Trump has learned another new political lesson as he fights for the border all he promised during his campaign: be careful what you wish for.

US President Donald Trump has dismissed Robert Mueller's investigation and ongoing talks about a proposed border wall in a New York Times interview.

Previously, Democrats have supported $1.3 billion for new border fencing this year or improvements to existing fencing.

Trump fired back shortly after the conference saying: "You have so many people coming up from Tijuana Nancy Pelosi will be begging for a wall", suggesting that the matter is far from decided. "Speaker Pelosi has a problem with the word wall, she uses 'infrastructure.' That's cool with me, I'm fine with barrier".

Throughout the shutdown, Trump vowed to keep the government partially closed for "months or even years". Without a deal by then, a partial government shutdown could resume.

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.

Democratic leaders have called on Trump to stand aside and let the negotiators do their work as a way of fostering success.

"More troops being sent to the Southern Border to stop the attempted Invasion of Illegals, through large Caravans, into our Country", Trump wrote in the tweet.

Pelosi was not surprised that Trump expects to circumvent Congress, but she laughed at the notion. In another tweet, he declared Democrats were becoming the party of "open borders and crime". "If there's no wall, it doesn't work", he said.

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For his part, Trump, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, said: "You can have other things" securing the border, "but the other things only really work if you have a physical barrier".

But before any reporters got around to offering such a question, Pelosi brought one of Trump's tweets on her own.

"I could see myself doing something for DACA but I want to find out what the Supreme Court is going to do first", Trump told the Caller, adding that he believes its "highly unlikely" that the issue will come up.

Trump initially responded that he would give the speech at another venue, but later said via Twitter that he wasn't considering alternative locations and that he would wait to give his address after the government reopens "because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber".

Pelosi's declaration promises to put a nail in Trump's request for $5.7 billion to build about 234 miles of barriers along the USA border with Mexico. Surveys also show that a majority does not want an expanded wall.

"He's way short of the enthusiasm that I have for the wall".

President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday hardened their positions about a border wall, casting doubt on the prospects of Capitol Hill negotiations meant to reach a compromise and avoid a second government shutdown.

But on Thursday, Trump reversed himself.

Shelby is a member of the conference committee tasked with finding a spending deal that would fund the government past February 15 while at the same time satisfying Trump's border security demands.

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