President Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the US-Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for the border wall after negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands. On Wednesday, Trump stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders—"I said bye-bye," he tweeted soon after—as efforts to end the partial government shutdown fell into deeper disarray. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers now face the prospect of no paycheck on Friday. During his stop Thursday in McAllen, Texas, Trump will visit a border patrol station for a roundtable on immigration and border security, and will get a security briefing on the border.
McAllen is located in the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest part of the border for illegal border crossings. But Trump has expressed his own doubts that his appearance and remarks will change any minds, as he seeks $5.7 billion for the wall that has been his signature promise since his presidential campaign. The unraveling talks prompted further speculation about whether Trump would declare a national emergency and try to authorize the wall on his own if Congress won't approve the money he's seeking, the AP reports. "I think we might work a deal, and if we don't I might go that route," he said. (Trump says he still has "tremendous" support from Republicans on the issue.)