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

"On February 15, the committee will come back, and if they don't have a wall, I don't even want to waste my time reading what they have, because it's a waste of time", he said.

"If they're not going to give money for the wall...it's not going to work".

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are now trying to come up with a border security compromise - though Pelosi's tough statement Thursday did not augur well.

The Democratic offer was just a starting point in House-Senate talks on border security funding that kicked off in a basement room in the Capitol.

President Donald Trump announced in a Daily Caller interview published Thursday morning that he's reconsidering offering Democrats an extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) Act, in return for funding a portion of the border wall, to the tune of $5 billion.

Pelosi suggested she would be open to vehicle barriers called "Normandy fencing".

If an agreement is not reached by the end of the three-week period, the government could partially shut down again.

Later, he wrote: "The Wall is getting done one way or the other!"

"Lets just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games!"

"Because of the work we did years ago we've already built nearly 1100kms of fencing on our nation's border", said Democrat David Price.

"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. "Wall is being built!"

In earlier tweets Thursday, the president also cited a sharp spike in last year's murder rate in Mexico as he insisted the wall would be erected "one way or the other".

"Large sections of WALL have already been built with much more either under construction or ready to go".

He also said: "More troops being sent to the Southern Border to stop the attempted Invasion of Illegals".

Throughout the shutdown, Trump vowed to keep the government partially closed for "months or even years". Democrats won back the House in a midterm rout and prevailed over Trump in the shutdown battle.

The comments at once served notice that Democrats weren't ruling out financing physical structures, but would do so only on a limited basis. The two sides agreed last Friday to fund the government for several weeks, allowing government agencies to reopen and employees to receive paychecks while Washington hashes out a budget.

  • Rogelio Becker