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Trump To Travel To Southern U.S. Border During Government Shutdown

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Amber Athey | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump will travel to the southern border Thursday amid the third week of the partial government shutdown, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Monday.

“President @realDonaldTrump will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis. More details will be announced soon,” Sanders tweeted.

President @realDonaldTrump will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis. More details will be announced soon.

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 7, 2019

The president is asking Congress to pass a spending bill that includes $5.7 billion in funding for the wall, but Democratic leaders say they will not agree to any bill that includes such funding.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed in an interview last week, “Nothing for the wall. Were talking about border security.”

Trump is now trying to entice Democrats to vote for a package that includes funding for steel slats rather than a concrete wall, humanitarian aid, and additional border agents.

Trump last visited the border in March of 2018 when he viewed wall prototypes in California. (RELATED: Immigration Experts Explain What An Effective Border Wall Actually Looks Like)

Sanders said additional details about Trumps trip are forthcoming.

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