WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):
The White House press secretary says President Donald Trump is prepared to bypass Congress if necessary by declaring a national emergency to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells “Fox News Sunday” that the White House has been looking at “every option available” to get the needed money, and she says Trump will do “whatever it takes to protect our borders.”
Trump asserted on Friday that he could declare a national emergency to build the wall without congressional approval, but would first try a “negotiated process.” Such a move is certain to draw legal challenges.
Sanders says Trump is “not going to stop” until he figures out the best way to protect U.S. citizens and that “whatever action he takes will certainly be lawful.”
A first round of talks between White House officials and congressional aides has made little progress toward ending the government shutdown, with each side accusing the other of giving no ground.
More discussions are planned for Sunday.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to be at Camp David for a retreat with White House staff on border security and other topics. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says House Democrats intend to start passing individual bills to reopen agencies.