>> As the clock struck midnight on Saturday, the partial government shutdown became the longest in US history. And there's currently no clear path to reopening the government. President Trump Friday said he won't declare a national emergency for now.>> So what we're not looking to do right now is national emergency, but this is up to Congress and it should be up to Congress and they should do it.
If they can't do it, I will declare a national emergency.>> The Trump administration is still trying to prove that what's happening at the border is a bona fide crisis and not just a political play for Trump to achieve a key promise to voters, building a wall.>> We have a country that's being invaded by criminals and by drugs.
>> Working against this tactic, data, apprehensions at the border are at a 20 year low. And studies show immigrants commit fewer crimes than natural born citizens. Also, public support. A recent Reuters poll found that only 25% of American's agree with Trump’s decision to keep the government closed until Congress approves funding for the wall.
Media reports that the administration was weighing a plan to tap a 13.9 billion dollar Army Corpse fund that was set aside for disaster relief sparked outrage. The mayor of San Juan, a town devastated by hurricane Maria, tweeted that, quote, taking money from disaster areas to pay for a wall is the egotistical response of a man who gets his way or brings everyone down.
A White House official denied the president had been briefed on the plan.>> We need money for a barrier.>> But as Trump stands firm, he's now getting pressed for abandoning his campaign promise that Mexico would pay for a wall. The President two years into his term now says he meant that figuratively.