RNA - During a prime time address to the nation Tuesday night, Trump refused to mention the possibility of declaring a national emergency although he had threatened to do so.
But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News on Wednesday that the declaration is “certainly still an option” and “something that’s on the table.”
GOP @SenatorLankford says he won't accept a plan for border security that doesn't include a wall.
"It needs to be part of it. You can't say we're going to do everything with technology... This is a physical barrier where it's needed." https://t.co/prAvLDq0kCpic.twitter.com/5B17hXUrNV
— New Day (@NewDay) January 9, 2019
“We’re hopeful, again, that they get serious about doing their jobs and work with us to accomplish these things,” Sanders said.
Funding for the wall has been has led to a budget impasse, causing the ongoing partial government shutdown despite several rounds of negotiations with Democrats.
Trump demands over $5 billion, for which he is "proud" to have shut down the government but Democrats are not offering more than $1.3 billion.
“Sadly, what President Trump is trying to do is create fear and hatred in our country," said Vermont Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders of Trump’s prime time speech. "Instead of trying to bring us together as a people, he is trying to divide us up. And in the process, divert our attention from the real crises facing the working families of this nation.”
According to Press TV,a frequent critic of Trump's, Sanders added that the president "lies all of the time," and his latest speech is no different.
“It gives me no pleasure to tell you what most of you already know, and that is that President Trump lies all of the time," Sanders said. "And in his remarks tonight and in recent weeks regarding immigration and the wall, he continues to lie.”
Trump has been calling for a wall along the southern border since his 2016 presidential campaign, pledging that Mexico would pay for it.
“In terms of immigration in this country, what we need to do is not to waste billions of dollars on a wall, but to finally the address the need for comprehensive immigration reform, including improved border security," Sanders said.
There were also those who voiced support for Trump’s agenda, including Oklahoma Republican Senator James Lankford.
"[A wall] needs to be a part of it. You can't say we're going to do everything with technology," Lankford said. "In urban areas when you've got a large town on one side of the border and a large town on the other side of the border, you’ve got to have a physical pedestrian barrier between the two or someone can quickly cross the border."