Democratic staffers asked the White House to lay out in formal detail the Administration's funding request for the border - including its specific security requests, what the money would be used for, and what in the Homeland Security budget the Administration would cut to make the numbers work, people familiar with the meeting said.
"I did say that, absolutely I said that", Trump said. "It's about safety, it's about security for our country".
Trump also threatened to declare a national emergency in order to build the wall without congressional approval.
"I think the president would be wide open to a court challenge saying, Where is the emergency?" Trump previously described the situation at the border as a "national emergency" before he dispatched active-duty troops in what critics described as a pre-election stunt. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union", Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called the idea a "nonstarter".
Trump said that he believes Tlaib "dishonored her family" through her actions.
Large chunks of the federal government were shut down on December 22 after lawmakers and the president hit an impasse over Trump's demands to build a wall. "I may do it", Trump told reporters on Friday.
Without a deal to end the partial government shutdown, the Department of Homeland Security will not be able to bring some furloughed workers back to their jobs while others continue to be forced to work without paychecks for the time being.
Vice President Mike Pence held meetings with Democratic congressional aides over the weekend at the White House, but the two sides appear dug-in with no deal in sight.
Sanders said the White House has been looking at "every option available" to get the needed money for his wall, adding Trump will do "whatever it takes to protect our borders". Pence also reiterated Trump's position that "we need funding for the border wall".
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Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that if the shutdown continues into Tuesday, "then payroll will not go out as originally planned on Friday night".
Both Democrats and Republicans have attempted to pin the blame the other side for the shutdown - a disruptive political ritual nearly unique to the American system.
The partial government shutdown is already in its third week and Trump said he is prepared for it to go on for years. "It really depends on the Democrats".
Trump said it would be easy to end the shutdown, calling for Democrats to negotiate.
Trump had campaigned on the promise that Mexico would pay for the wall.
Those bills aren't even being considered in the Senate, as the president has said he wouldn't touch them.
A Democratic congresswoman kicked off her term with an expletive-laced vow to impeach President Donald Trump, triggering Republican outrage and testing party discipline barely a day after Democrats regained the House.
The border wall advocate speaks out on his meeting with the president and his participation in the White House press conference on border security spending. If the shutdown extends to February, food assistance for poorer Americans would be curtailed, as would tax refunds at the height of the annual period when Americans file tax returns on their income from the previous year.