President Trump is preparing to make a new offer to Democrats that could end the government's record close in a rare speech on Saturday at the White House, while not declaring a national emergency on the southern border.
According to the closing of its twenty-ninth day, Trump was expected to propose articles that he believes Democrats favor as part of a broader border security package, according to two people familiar with White House planning. The hope is that the proposal will resume negotiations with the congressional Democrats, which have been non-existent for days.
Although the president has threatened for more than a week to declare a national emergency, it is unlikely that such a drastic step will occur in Saturday's speech.
The individuals, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private deliberations, underlined Friday night that the planning remained very fluid and that nothing is firm until Trump makes his announcement.
Trump is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m.
Aides to key Democrats in Congress, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (Democrat for California) and Senate minority leader Charles E. Schumer (Democrat for New York) said Friday that they had not received any new offer from the White House.
The ongoing closure of about 25 percent of the federal government was triggered by Trump's demands of $ 5.7 billion to build more than 200 miles of new wall along the US border. UU And Mexico. Pelosi calls the wall "immoral," and Democrats refuse to offer more than $ 1.3 billion to expand existing funding levels for border barriers and fences. Democrats also often point out that Trump said for a long time that Mexico would pay for the wall.
In the absence of negotiations, the impbade has turned into disputes between Trump and Pelosi, offering little comfort to the 800,000 federal workers who have been unpaid since December 22 and have been forced to rely on food banks or other jobs.
During the past week a proxy battle arose, a political clash like few others, between the leaders of two of the nation's three branches of government while they leveraged the powers of their offices against each other, while trying to mold public sentiment.
Pelosi suggested last week that Trump rescheduled his January 29 speech on the state of the Union on Capitol Hill due to security concerns stemming from the government's nearly one-month partial closure. He retaliated with a last-minute cancellation of his trip with other members of the House to Afghanistan using a military plane.
The fight escalated on Friday when Pelosi accused Trump of endangering himself and his fellow lawmakers by publishing plans to travel to Afghanistan and forcing them to abandon the trip. Pelosi said the State Department had determined that the trip, even using commercial aircraft, could no longer be made without endangering the safety of lawmakers, as well as troops and support personnel due to the actions of the president.
"You never warn in advance of going to a battle area, you just never do it," Pelosi (D-Calif.) Told reporters at the Capitol. "Maybe the president's inexperience did not make him understand that protocol, but the people around him should have known it, because that's very dangerous."
The White House has vigorously denied Pelosi's claims.
Meanwhile, licensed workers and those who are forced to work without pay will soon lose another paycheck unless the closure is resolved in some way, a fact that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the Friday it is imperative that Pelosi stay in the country this weekend.
"That is one of the key reasons why the president did not want President Pelosi to leave the country, because if he did he would only guarantee the fact that negotiations could not take place over the weekend," Sanders said. to the reporters in the White. Home.
But Pelosi's spokesman, Drew Hammill, said the White House had not attempted to schedule negotiations with the speaker for this weekend.
The impacts of closure have skyrocketed in various directions despite the administration's efforts to limit them by calling workers from agencies such as the IRS and the State Department to work, in most cases without payment.
The chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, John Williams, said Friday that the closure had created "headwinds" for economic growth, and that a key measure of consumer confidence, launched by the University of Michigan , has fallen to its lowest level of the Trump presidency.
The administration advanced Friday with a wider crackdown on travel to Congress: White House Budget Interim Director Russell T. Vought said in a note, "Under no circumstances, during a government shutdown, will any aircraft owned, leased, leased or chartered by the government support any delegation of Congress, without the express written approval of the White House Chief of Staff."
The White House and the Democrats agree on the need for border security in general and even some details of what that would mean, but not on the wall.
Next week, the Chamber will take another batch of expense bills intended to reopen the government without funding the wall that will include some expenses directed to the border. A bill will include $ 563 million for immigration judges, the same number that Trump has requested; another will include $ 524 million to expand facilities at the ports of entry along the border.
Philip Rucker, Paul Kane, Damian Paletta and Erica Werner contributed to this report.
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