Frustrated Trump says a wall ‘is a WALL!’

Pelosi, Trump agree to Feb. 5 date for State of the Union

A bipartisan group of House-Senate negotiators met for the first time Wednesday, and Pelosi addressed the issue at a session with reporters on Thursday.

The House speaker said "of course" she'd bring the vote to the floor if the conference committee comes out with a "bipartisan consensus", however, she didn't seem to compromise on funding for a wall.

When asked if the compromise will include border wall money, Pelosi said, "We are not having a negotiation over this right now".

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But as Democrats in Congress pushed back, accusing Trump of demonizing Central American immigrants and promoting "medieval" wall technology, he tried to soften the message, referring to "a barrier".

In a series of messages on January 31, Trump pointed to an alarming rise in crime in Mexico and migrant caravans heading to the U.S.as some of the reasons a wall is needed.

But while Pelosi appeared to rule out money for a "wall" earlier in the news conference, she expressed some openness to more enhanced fencing at the end.

Trump responded in a letter from the White House, accepting Pelosi's invitation.

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"When I wrote you on January 23, I stated that we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when the government has reopened to schedule this year's State of the Union Address", she wrote.

The committee will likely have to wrap up its work around February 10 to meet a February 15 deadline set when Trump and lawmakers agreed last week to end a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in USA history.

Trump has said if they can not come to an agreement on a bill that includes the money he demands for the wall, he'll declare a national emergency on the southern border that would allow him to secure funds without lawmakers' approval.

"I don't expect much help!" he said.

The Democratic plan includes new money for customs agents, scanners, aircraft and boats to police the border, and to provide humanitarian assistance for migrants.

"Because of the work we did years ago we've already built nearly 700 miles of fencing on our nation's border", said Rep. David Price, D-N.C. She said the Trump administration has failed to demonstrate that physical barriers are cost effective compared with better technology and more personnel.

"Many places on the border there are cliffs, there's a river, and there are 600 miles of something".

With pressure mounting, Trump backtracked on his threat to keep the government shutdown until Democrats agreed to fund his border wall.

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