"There may be a wall in some places, there may be steel slats, there may be technological enhancements", Conway said.
President Trump dismissed media reports Monday that his plan for a concrete wall along the southern border had been abandoned. "While one White House official says they're willing to compromise, another says the president is holding firm at no less than (US)$5 billion for the wall".
In a burst of early morning tweets, the president said the alternative to funding his controversial wall project would be total separation from Mexico - including making United States auto companies pull out their factories based on the other side of the frontier.
As Republicans relinquish their hold on Congress, and House Speaker Paul Ryan gives up the gavel, the White House is eager for a showdown with Pelosi believing the crisis will tarnish the opening of the new legislative session, and with it, her expected return to the speaker's office.
There was little movement over the weekend, aside from a handful of tweets from Trump.
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House Democrats said they plan to introduce a legislative package later Monday to re-open the government, including a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through February 8 with $1.3 billion for border security, but it's unclear what kind of support it will get from Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated last week he will not hold a vote on any spending plan that Trump will not sign, meaning a solution to the shutdown will depend on a deal between Trump and Democratic leaders. The outgoing Republican House majority passed a bill with Trump's wall funds that was not passed by the Senate, where Democratic votes are necessary for such legislation.
"We do have an immigration problem", the former Marine said while describing his role spending 15 hour days alongside Mr Trump as "bone-crushing". They need 60 votes to accomplish that objective, which would require some Democratic support. Senior adviser Kellyanne Conway accused Democrats of fixating on Trump's description of the wall, calling the impasse "a silly semantic argument".
As always, Trump is inclined to believe that he's winning whenever he's dominating discourse with his opinions and behavior, however odd and reprehensible they may seem. The White House has dropped its request further to $2.5 billion, but Democrats are holding the line against funding the wall. "Building a wall from sea to shining sea won't make us safer or stop drugs from coming into our country".
The president continued to insist he wants to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, despite the assertions of three confidants.
- Grand bargain: Earlier this year, Schumer and Trump attempted to craft a deal on immigration that would have provided $25 billion for the wall in exchange for a path to citizenship for so-called Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children.
Trump won the cheers of his most ardent loyalists in his successful 2016 presidential campaign with his call for a solid concrete wall along the 3,200-kilometer U.S.