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.
"We can declare a national emergency". Congressional Democrats oppose that.
As key government operations remained shuttered for a 21st day and roughly 800,000 federal workers remained without pay, both the president and the Democrats have retreated into their own corners.
"I find China, frankly, in many ways to be far more honorable than Crying Chuck and Nancy".
"Speaker Pelosi's refusal to negotiate on Wall/Barrier funding - even if the government were to be reopened - virtually ends congressional path to fund Wall/Barrier", he said earlier Thursday.
Asked about the plight of those going without pay, the president shifted the focus, saying he felt bad "for people that have family members that have been killed" by criminals who came over the border.
Trump canceled plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which is scheduled to start on January 22, signaling he was prepared for the shutdown to drag on.
"I have never been more depressed about moving forward than I am right now".
The Washington Post suggested the White House was laying the groundwork for declaring an emergency that would let Trump build sections of a wall, possibly using funds from the Army Corps of Engineers. "He had a temper tantrum.' Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy said no to proper Border Security, I politely said bye-bye and left, no slamming!"
Speaking to Fox News in an interview broadcast on Thursday evening, Trump reiterated he had "the absolute right to declare a national emergency". A subsequent court fight could be protracted. "This is a national emergency, if you look what's happening". President Trump is not expected to declare a national emergency while there, though people close to the President caution this could change. "The reality is thousands of federal employees and contractors have no paycheck in sight, small businesses that rely on them are suffering and there's no reason they should be held hostage to a political dispute". Others are home on furlough. Things could only get worse on Saturday, when news outlets and television networks will be able to declare this the longest continuous shutdown in U.S. history. However, statistics show illegal immigration there is at a 20-year low and drug shipments mainly passed through legal ports of entry.
Steel added that Trump's public appeals this week, which the president himself was reluctant to give, were not going to earn Democratic votes "in an way, shape or form".
Just across the Rio Grande, in the Mexican city of Reynosa, a dozen recent deportees and US-bound migrants gathered near a cross that memorialized dead migrants.