Trump holds border security roundtable — live updates

/ CBS News

President Trump is holding a roundtable meeting Friday on border security at the White House, with the partial government shutdown over funding for his border wall poised to become the longest on record.

Mr. Trump says he will almost "100 percent" declare a national emergency as a way to fund his border wall if Congress can't reach a deal, although such a move would almost certainly be challenged in federal courts. Meanwhile, Republicans, Democrats and the White House are in a stalemate over border funding, with the White House demanding $5.7 for a wall or fencing, and Democrats insisting they will have none of that.

The president is also insisting he never said Mexico would pay directly for the wall. But his 2016 campaign issued a memo outlining how they would compel Mexico to "make a one-time payment" of $5 billion or $10 billion for the wall.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump visited the southern border in Texas, where he held a roundtable with Customs and Border Patrol agents and family members of people killed by illegal immigrants.

"When I say Mexico's going to pay for the wall that's what I said, Mexico's going to pay," he said Thursday. "I didn't say they're going to write me a check for $20 billion or $10 billion. They weren't going to write a check. I said they're going to pay for the wall. And if Congress approves this incredible trade bill that we made with Mexico and Canada by the way but with Mexico in this case, they're paying for the wall many many times over. I didn't mean please write me a check, I mean very simply, they're paying for it in the trade deal. And sometimes I'd say that so hopefully people will start to understand."

An officer indicates displays representing seizures of weapons, drugs, cash and other items by U.S. Customs and Border Patriol agents as U.S. President Donald Trump attends a roundtable discussion at the U.S. Border Patrol Station near the U.S. – Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, U.S., January 10, 2019. Leah Millis / REUTERS

After his visit, the president claimed the border situation in Mexico has gotten significantly worse — a case he will need to make clearly if he does indeed declare a national emergency.

"Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border. I just got back and it is a far worse situation than almost anyone would understand, an invasion!" he tweeted Friday morning.

First published on January 11, 2019

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