Trump, a former NY businessman, said he could relate to the workers who would have trouble paying bills because of the shutdown and threatened, again, to declare a national emergency as an alternative way to build the wall, depending on the outcome of talks in the coming days.
"I may decide a national emergency, depending on what happens over the next few days", Trump said in response to questions Sunday on the White House lawn before departing for staff meetings at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland.
Democrats refuse to give in to Trump's requested amount, committing only to their original offer of $1.3 billion for border-security purposes that doesn't include money for a wall. He tweeted that steel is "both stronger & less obtrusive".
He tells reporters as he departs the White House for meetings at Camp David that he'll be asking the companies to design "a attractive steel product" and "we'll use that as our barrier".
The president said that a wall or a barrier must be built along the USA southern border with Mexico, while signaling a willingness to accept a steel barrier instead of a concrete wall by saying that "steel instead of concrete is fine". "If that's not evidence of the president's desire to try and resolve this, I don't know what is".
Speaking with CNN on Sunday, Mulvaney said the talks "didn't make much progress at the meeting, which was surprising to me". He wrongly claimed that he'd never called for the wall to be concrete.
Trump said the impasse may leave him no choice. He said much of the wall had been built, though it hasn't.
A US Border Patrol agent works on the beach preventing migrants from entering San Diego, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico.
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Lexington police are searching for anyone who saw Bailey's white Chevy pickup before the crash. Issam and Rima Abbas were driving back from Florida with their three children in the vehicle .
Trump indicated however, he was not expecting a weekend breakthrough, saying there would be "very serious talks come Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday". While the House last week approved a pair of funding bills to re-open the federal government, Senate Republicans are not planning to bring those up on the floor, as the first bill up for consideration in 2019 will be on us foreign policy in the Middle East.
The President is also reportedly planning a primetime address this week as well.
Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama said on Fox News that Trump has some "inherent powers" to bypass Congress, but that border funding must be done the right way, via legislation.
Trump's fellow Republicans control the US Senate but are short of the 60 votes needed to pass budget laws, so some Democratic support will be needed for any move to end the impasse.
Trump also asserted that he could relate to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who aren't getting paid, though he acknowledged they will have to "make adjustments" to deal with the shutdown shortfall. However, she said they are looking at all different options.
But the White House and congressional Democratic negotiators can't even agree on "basic facts", and Democrats are stalling because they think Trump is losing the battle over public opinion, he said.
Sunday's negotiating session followed a two-and-a-half hour meeting Saturday between Pence, senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and staff for House and Senate leadership. About 800,000 government workers are either furloughed or working without pay.