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Trump cancels Davos trip over partial govt. shutdown

Sen. Marco Rubio: National Emergency Move Could Hurt GOP

Mr. Trump's insistence on billions of dollars in funding to keep a signature campaign promise - and Democrats' insistence to fund the government without wall funding - mean the partial government shutdown is poised to be the longest government shutdown in US history.

The mixed news came Thursday afternoon, when senators voted unanimously to authorize the eventual post-shutdown funding of back pay.

The president also said he will not go to the global conference in Davos, Switzerland, later this month if the shutdown continues.

President Trump visits McAllen, Texas to meet with Border Patrol agents on immigration, border security. Declaring a national emergency, the president explained, frees up a "tremendous" amount of funds.

"The President made clear he wants a shutdown", said Schumer after the meeting.

"If this doesn't work out, I probably will do it, I would nearly say definitely", Mr. Trump told reporters, adding later, "If we don't make a deal, I would say 100 percent but I don't want to say 100 percent". While he maintains that he has the "absolute right" to do so, both Republicans and Democrats believe the move would be challenged in court.

Who would own the shutdown has been a point of contention between the two parties.

With typical rhetorical flourishes, Trump said that only building more walls along the Mexican border could stop an onslaught of violent crime.

The proposal mirrored a measure the Senate rejected previous year after opposition from the White House and senior adviser Stephen Miller.

Trump's announcement that he doesn't want Mexico to pay for the wall directly contradicts an April 2016 memo created by his campaign team, according to CNN.

"Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way", Schumer said.

Speaking on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday, Rubio said, "I think the president has broad powers to declare national emergencies. That is a lie". And a shutdown we've got. "I would nearly say definitely", Trump said when asked if he'd make such a move, the Times reports.

On Thursday, US media reported the White House had asked the Army Corps of Engineers to look into the possibility of diverting funds allocated for relief projects in areas damaged by natural disasters, such as Puerto Rico and Florida. "We hope he (Trump) understands that and that God helps him to change, because his ancestors were migrants too", she said in the Mexican border city of Tijuana.

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