Like almost all drugs trafficked across the border, they were intercepted by agents at official ports of entry, he was told, and not in the remote areas where he wants to extend tall barriers. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) telling CNBC, "If today, the national emergency is border security. tomorrow the national emergency might be climate change".
The dispute reached its apex during a Wednesday meeting in the Situation Room when Trump asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi point-blank if he reopened the government whether she would then agree to negotiate somewhat on appropriating more funds for a border wall.
"But the easy route for me would be to call a national emergency and do it", he added.
As the shutdown has dragged on, the President has increasingly talked about the possibility of declaring a national emergency in an effort to secure border funding, a move that would be expected to face legal challenge if it happened.
President Trump is considering declaring a national emergency over his proposed border wall, but some Republicans are fearful over what a future Democratic president could do with that power.
A second official with knowledge of the proposal said it would fund construction of about 315 miles (500 kilometers) of border barrier.
Trump delivered a prime-time address to the nation on Tuesday night where he warned of a "crisis" at the southern border with Mexico, and on Thursday, he made a visit to the border. On the flip side, Cavuto also thinks Democrats are being disingenuous, sounding less concerned about border dangers than they did just a few months ago.
Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, a top Republican on the Appropriations Committee, said he has been hearing from lawmakers in recent days concerned that Army Corps projects in their states could be canceled or postponed.
Todd Semonite, commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers, was traveling with Trump on Thursday.
"While the President has broad military authorities, as the Commander in Chief, when it comes to declaring a national emergency, I can not and will not support reallocating funding we approved in a bipartisan effort in Congress for the recovery and reconstruction of Puerto Rico", Gonzalez said.