Trump to Call on Democrats to ‘Heal,’ and Bashes Pelosi Over Wall

"I mean, it is a combination of things but it does include a wall and I know that's hard for the speaker to say", Kennedy said. "The decision is ours to make".

Now, however, Democrats say they're no longer willing to extend money to the project.

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.

"Well, I'm saying listen closely to the State of the Union".

"We're building the wall", the president said, "people don't understand that".

"We haven't declared the national emergency yet, but we're building the wall", the president said.

A senior administration official said Friday that Trump will speak on five areas: immigration, infrastructure, drug pricing, trade and worldwide diplomacy. That pact is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump called unfair to American workers. Trump has initiated a withdrawal of troops from Syria, though aides have emphasized that it will be done in a deliberate fashion as the United States continues to battle threats from the Islamic State.

He and his advisers have been discussing withdrawing half of the US troops in Afghanistan, officials have said, a steep drop that could prompt criticism that Trump is putting USA gains in the volatile country in jeopardy.

Trump, in an interview with CBS News, called Pelosi "very rigid" and said she was trying to "win a political point" by opposing his demands to fund the wall.

He may also cite progress in peace talks between the government in Afghanistan and Taliban rebels.

With less than two weeks for lawmakers to cut a deal on money for a border wall to avert another shutdown, President Donald Trump bashed Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for refusing to give in.

Trump reached a deal with Democrats on January 25 to reopen the government for three weeks so that lawmakers can negotiate a deal that includes funds for a border wall-the president's landmark campaign promise.

Democrats also intend to send a message with their guests, bringing along federal workers who were affected by the government shutdown as well as Victorina Morales, an immigrant from Guatemala who was in the USA illegally and who had worked for Trump at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Asked if Trump would acknowledge the shutdown in his speech, the administration official said the president will "definitely talk about immigration and about where we are in that debate and present a path forward".

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report. That helped lead to a summit between the leaders in Singapore in June, and a second summit has been tentatively planned for the end of this month, perhaps in Vietnam. The official wasn't authorized to publicly discuss about the speech and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Choosing Greatness" is the official White House theme.

  • Rogelio Becker