Cindy McCain suggests repairing existing border barrier
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Cindy McCain, widow of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain says Ben Carson should be developing brain cancer treatment, not working at HUD Graham urges Trump not to abandon infrastructure talks with Democrats Pelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Trump denies 'tantrum' in meeting with Pelosi: 'It is all such a lie!' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' 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!"