President Donald Trump used his pre-Super Bowl interview to send mixed signals about his next move in his border wall standoff with Democratic leaders and to blast Speaker Nancy Pelosi as "very bad for our country".
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President Donald Trump said on Friday he might declare a national emergency to obtain funding to build a wall along the US border with Mexico because it did not appear Democrats were moving toward a deal that would provide the money. "I don't like to take things off the table. Human Trafficking, Drugs and Criminals of all dimensions - KEEP OUT!" He then clarified: "We haven't declared a national emergency yet...."
"We're building a lot of wall right now as we speak, and we're renovating a lot of wall, and we're getting ready to give out some very big contracts with money that we have on hand and money that comes in".
Trump said Pelosi is "costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars because what's happening is when you have a porous border, and when you have drugs pouring in, and when you have people dying all over the country because of people like Nancy Pelosi who don't want to give proper border security for political reasons, she's doing a awful disservice to our country". Democrats argue that there is no national emergency at the border and they blast Trump's proposed wall as an antiquated and ineffective solution to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants and narcotics crossing through the southern border.
Pelosi has previously backed legislation to fight human trafficking and called it "an abhorrent crime".
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The talks are to conclude in two weeks and Mr. Trump has previously warned that if they do not end with money to build a wall on the border with Mexico, he will allow another government shutdown.
"I think she's very bad for our country", Trump said when asked what he learned in his negotiations with Pelosi.
"It's that alternative: It's national emergency", Trump said.
A spokesman for McConnell declined to comment on the Post story.
Trump once again called a congressional conference committee debating border security a "waste of time" and said his administration was proceeding with the construction of 115 miles of wall on the border with Mexico using money "on hand". Previously they had supported $1.3 billion for new fencing and improvements to existing barriers.