Trump steps up attacks on Pelosi for opposing border wall funds

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"She wanted to win a political point", Mr. Trump said.

"We will be looking at a national emergency because I don't think anything's going to happen", Trump told reporters at the White House.

The Republican president also said there is a "good chance" he will follow through on his previous threats to bypass the US Congress and declare a national emergency to obtain funding for a wall.

Trump will also address foreign policy issues during his speech, including the United States trade war with China, the situation in Venezuela and the ending of USA involvement in conflicts overseas, the administration official said. "We're spending a lot of money that we have on hand. The decision is ours to make".

"I don't want to say", Trump said at a midday photo op, when asked about that possibility.

Earlier in the day, a White House official briefed reporters on Trump's State of the Union speech, which he will deliver Tuesday evening with Pelosi seated behind him on the House chamber's dais.

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Trump put the controversy back in the headlines during the 2016 presidential election, when he met Warren's criticisms by calling her " Pocahontas ".

Among the key points, the president intends to call on lawmakers to ratify the U.S. -Mexico-Canada free trade agreement that his administration signed previous year.

"Look, whether we should have been there in the first place, that's first question", Trump said.

A national emergency declaration "would help the process", he added.

The administration also has negotiated the outlines of a tentative peace deal with the Taliban, which could lead to a drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan.

A senior U.S. administration official said Trump will "present a path forward" on the wall impasse during the televised speech but declined to offer details. Her victory might be short lived, however, as the leading House Democrat expressed hopes rather than guarantees that a second shutdown would be kept off the table.

After a shutdown that started in December 2018 stretched past a month, Trump agreed to temporarily reopen the 25 percent of the federal government affected by the standoff, noting that Democrats had repeatedly promised to negotiate with him if the government was reopened. "If she doesn't approve a wall, the rest of it's just a waste of money and time and energy because it's desperately needed". Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Asked how they differ, Shelby replied, "You have to ask them but I think it's pretty obvious". "And when I hear them talk about the fact that walls are immoral and walls don't work-they know they work". "When you see today what's going on, people that aren't willing to do what they have to do, and they know what they have to do, they're doing the country a tremendous disservice".

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