Cindy McCain suggests repairing existing border barrier
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Cindy McCain, widow of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' MORE (R-Ariz.), on Wednesday joined the discussion of a proposed southern border wall by suggesting the Trump administration could work to repair existing border fencing rather than move to install new concrete or metal barriers.

In a tweet that came as a partial shutdown of the federal government dragged on into its 19th day, McCain appeared to suggest the move as a compromise that could bring the White House and congressional Democrats together on a deal to fund the government. The White House has demanded that any bill to reopen the government include roughly $5.7 billion in funding for construction of a border wall.


The president left a meeting with top congressional Democrats on Wednesday complaining it was a "waste of time," while hinting this week that he could seek to declare a national emergency surrounding immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally if Congress doesn't meet his funding demands.

"Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time," Trump wrote on Twitter shortly after the meeting with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiRisk-averse Republicans are failing the republic The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight Trump, Saturday Night Live and why autocrats can't take a joke MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Why we need to build gateway now MORE (D-N.Y.).

"I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier?" the president continued, adding: "Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"