Cindy McCain suggests repairing existing border barrier
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Cindy McCain, widow of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid McCain's family, McCain Institute to promote #ActsOfCivility in marking first anniversary of senator's death 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 PelosiGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSaagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? Johnson eyes Irish border in Brexit negotiations Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' 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!"