President Trump Renews Call for Border Wall, Congress Meets to Reach a Deal

The government may have reopened for awhile but President Trump has not forgotten about the funding he is demanding for the construction of the border wall.

He renewed his call Wednesday for a border wall to be part of a final government spending package, warning congressional negotiators that they are "wasting their time" if they don't include that funding, Fox News reports.

“If the committee of Republicans and Democrats now meeting on Border Security is not discussing or contemplating a Wall or Physical Barrier, they are Wasting their time!” Trump tweeted early Wednesday.

Lawmakers from both chambers met Wednesday afternoon to sort out an agreement on border security spending in an effort to avoid another shutdown.

The administration will have to reach an agreement with lawmakers by Feb. 15, as the stopgap spending bill Trump signed only provides funding through that time frame.

The president has hinted that if Congress fails to come to an agreement that includes the funding he deems necessary for border security and construction of a wall, he would declare a national emergency at the U.S. Mexico border.

Lawmakers on both sides have said they would oppose Trump declaring a national emergency and are working to reach a deal that would avoid such an event.

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