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Trump warns border security compromise 'will not be easy'

POLITICO logo POLITICO 1/26/2019 By Quint Forgey

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On the morning after the partial government shutdown ended, President Donald Trump said talks with congressional Democrats over border security measures “will start immediately,” but warned that it “will not be easy” to reach a compromise within the next three weeks.

“21 days goes very quickly,” the president wrote on Twitter Saturday. “Negotiations with Democrats will start immediately. Will not be easy to make a deal, both parties very dug in. The case for National Security has been greatly enhanced by what has been happening at the Border & through dialogue. We will build the Wall!”

Trump on Friday evening signed a bill to fund the government until Feb. 15, ending the longest shutdown in U.S. history. The measure did not allocate taxpayer dollars to his campaign trail promise of a wall along the southern border, but Trump has pledged to secure that money in upcoming talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

The president signaled Saturday that he plans to seize upon a new caravan of Central American migrants approaching the U.S.-Mexico border as justification for his wall, tweeting: “If we had a powerful Wall, they wouldn’t even try to make the long and dangerous journey. Build the Wall and Crime will Fall!”

Trump had tweeted seven times before 10 a.m. ET, including five times on border security, once on Roger Stone being indicted for lying to Congress, and another on the RNC pledging support for the president in 2020.

Late Friday, the president had tweeted: "I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!"

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