San Diego lawmakers respond to Trump's border wall comments

Cindy Vanessa Mendez kneels over her father's body. Omar Mendez Perez died after being left behind by human smugglers after he fell ill and was unable to keep

After an on-going feud between Democratic leaders and President Donald Trump over border security and border wall funding amid the partial government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is taunting the president with an immature offer of money that plays with Americans' safety.

The president's invitation, which was described by congressional sources as a briefing and not a negotiating session, was sent to the top two Democrats and Republicans in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

In a Rose Garden announcement, President Trump just said he may declare a national emergency and order the military to build his US-Mexico border (a wall Trump has forced a government shutdown over, a wall that Trump has repeatedly said Mexico will pay for).

President Donald Trump threatened to keep the United States government partially shut for months or years on Friday after he and Democratic leaders failed to resolve their dispute over Trump's request for $5.6 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border.

Trump declared he could keep parts of the government closed for "months or even years" as he and Democratic leaders failed in a second closed-door meeting to resolve his demand for billions of dollars for a border wall with Mexico. But its prospects are grim in the Republican-led Senate, which previously approved similar measures on the floor or in committee but has since fallen in line with Trump's demands for funding for the border wall.

"We did a lot of wall in San Diego", Trump said at a White House news conference.

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A reporter asked Trump whether he had considered declaring a national emergency to build the wall. "It's called a national emergency".

Congress has adjourned until Tuesday, meaning the shutdown will last into next week.

According to Trump, the immigration problem is so dire that he would be able to grant himself emergency powers and, consequently, build the wall "very quickly", thus superseding Congress' decision to block the $5 billion budget request.

In a December 11 meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, Trump said he would be "proud" to shut the government over the security issue and would not blame Democrats.

As of Thursday, the house is Democrat-controlled.

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