The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump headed to border as shutdown hits Day 20 | Talks fall apart | Emergency plan could set up clash with GOP

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump headed to border as shutdown hits Day 20 | Talks fall apart | Trump says it would be 'surprising' if he doesn't declare emergency | How emergency plan could set up clash with GOP | Trump says he never meant that Mexico would 'write out a check' for wall | 100 days since Khashoggi was murdered | O'Rourke livestreams dental appointment | 'Baby Shark' hits Billboard Hot 100

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

I accept, cash, credit, Venmo, Bitcoin – anything really, just no checks:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE tried to clarify how Mexico would pay for the border wall. http://bit.ly/2FjIYtI

What Trump told reporters -- the $$ line: "[I] never meant [Mexico was] going to write out a check. I said they're going to pay for it." 

How Trump says Mexico is paying for the wall: "They are paying for it with the incredible deal we made," Trump said, referring to the trade agreement with Mexico and Canada. 

Watch Trump's explanation: http://bit.ly/2FjIYtI

 

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM TRUMP'S REMARKS TO REPORTERS:

Btw, Trump likes negotiating with China more than with Democrats: When discussing shutdown negotiations, President Trump called diplomats from China "more honorable" than the Democrats. In Trump's words: "We have a lot of great things happening. The economy is incredible. We're negotiating and having tremendous success with China, and I find China, frankly, in many ways, to be far more honorable than Cryin' Chuck and Nancy."  http://bit.ly/2Rmpefo

Psh, I thought I was too until I tried using Apple shared photo albums…: Trump said at the White House this morning, "I am a professional at technology." http://bit.ly/2Cb4qgK

WHERE TRUMP WAS HEADED WHEN HE MADE THESE REMARKS: President Trump is currently flying from Washington, D.C. to McAllen, Texas to visit the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

Trump keeps glancing at the shiny, 'emergency declaration' button: 

President Trump also gave his strongest indication yet that he might declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. http://bit.ly/2FlJUx8

What Trump told reporters outside the White House: Trump said it would be "surprising to me" if he did not declare a national emergency if Democrats don't cave. 

Yup, this sounds like a yes to me: "If this doesn't work out, probably I will do it. I would almost say definitely." 

WHAT THIS WOULD MEAN FOR THE GOP: http://bit.ly/2VICXvK

 

It's a chilly, windy Thursday in Washington. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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LATEST WITH THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Today is Day 20 of the partial government shutdown.

 

Trump to Democrats -- Boy BYEEE:

Around 20 minutes into a meeting with congressional Democrats, President Trump abruptly stormed out dismissing the meeting as a "total waste of time." So that went well. http://bit.ly/2Rhcqah

Trump then tweeted: "Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!" Read Trump's full "bye-bye" tweet -- it's pretty funny: http://bit.ly/2D2k6nS

^The best part: Trump did use the words "bye-bye" when he left the room, according to a source.

THE DEM SIDE OF THE STORY: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry Sunday shows — Spotlight shifts to Sondland ahead of impeachment inquiry testimony Perception won't be reality, once AI can manipulate what we see MORE (D-Calif.) described yesterday's meeting: "Not only was the president unpresidential – surprise, surprise – in his behavior. I think the meeting was a set up so he could walk out." http://bit.ly/2skXmtd

FOR CONTEXT -- HOW MUCH THE SHUTDOWN IS COSTING THE U.S. ECONOMY: Via Politico's Victoria Guida, the partial government shutdown is costing the U.S. economy an estimated $1.2 billion for each week (!) it lasts. https://politi.co/2ADBIVR

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE GOVERNMENT HASN'T REOPENED BY JAN. 21: President Trump said he will skip the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. http://bit.ly/2VBvcrk

 

Fund the soldering iron to fix the wall -- that rolls off the tongue:

Via NBC's Jacob Soboroff and Julia Ainsley, the Department of Homeland Security tested a prototype of a steel slat barrier on the border and found it could be cut with a saw. Photo of the prototype: https://nbcnews.to/2Cav7lz

  

IN OTHER NEWS

It's been 100 days since journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered:

One hundred days ago today, Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

A memorial in The New Yorker: http://bit.ly/2RhmFeA

Check out this ad in The Washington Post today: Keep in mind, Khashoggi was a columnist for The Washington Post and lived in Virginia. Screenshot: http://bit.ly/2CdADnn

Happening today: Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day Microsoft embraces California law, shaking up privacy debate Google sparks new privacy fears over health care data MORE (D-Va.), Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJohnson: Whistleblower 'exposed things that didn't need to be exposed' Schiff knocks Mulvaney over failure to testify in impeachment probe Impeachment hearings likely to get worse for Republicans MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotSECURE it — for small businesses and their workers Bottom Line Consequential GOP class of 1994 all but disappears MORE (R-Ohio) are hosting a ceremony for Khashoggi on Capitol Hill. http://bit.ly/2CfEvUS

 

Hums to a tune by Paul McCartney...

--> http://bit.ly/2FmxXHm ;)

"Spotted in Washington, Thursday at 9am: a man takes a photo of the White House with his middle finger in it." (Via The Hill's Alex Gangitano) http://bit.ly/2TFs2kM

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Y'know, if he were a millennial, my whole generation would get blamed for this!: 

See for yourself -- Click on his profile photo outlined in pink: http://bit.ly/2RDvgIa

Twitter had a lot of fun with this: 

Yuppp: CNN's Leigh Munsil tweeted, "Somebody is REAL confident in his enamel. No way I'd stream my dentist visit until I got the no-cavity all clear" http://bit.ly/2FkCsTQ

From The Huffington Post's Elise Foley: "I love going to the dentist. It is the only place I feel truly affirmed and successful." http://bit.ly/2RkxgWq

Lol: "heard the kids were way into this 'flossing' thing and just ran with it huh" (From Reuters's Pete Schroederhttp://bit.ly/2CcOMkT

   

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump is on his way to the U.S.-Mexico border for the afternoon. 

11 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence met with members of Congress at the U.S. Capitol. 

1:45 p.m. EST: The Senate holds a procedural vote. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2CdrHyB

2:05 p.m. EST: President Trump arrives at the U.S. Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas.

3:35 p.m. EST: President Trump receives a briefing on border security at the Rio Grande.

3:45 -- 4:45 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2SOIS0y

4:05 p.m. EST: President Trump heads back to Washington, D.C.

8:05 p.m. EST: President Trump gets back to the White House.

This weekend: Via The Washington Post's Going Out Guide, here's a list of 12 things to do in the Washington, D.C., area this weekend. The list: https://wapo.st/2M9wHJf

  

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a press conference. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2slbDpL

2:10 p.m. EST: President Trump participates in a roundtable in McAllen, Texas, on immigration and border patrol. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2M4ViP9

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate DayYou don't have to tell me twice.

 

Apologies for getting this stuck in your head, but -- 'Baby Shark, Doo, Doo, Doo, Doo, Doo, Doo…':

The viral children's song "Baby Shark" has entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart. How high: No. 32. https://nyti.ms/2sjJsaI

If there are no tiny humans currently in your lives -- back story: "Baby Shark" is a YouTube video that gained tremendous popularity among small children. It has more than 2.1 billion views so far. I.e.: It's one of the most-viewed YouTube videos ever. 

(Now taking a moment to apologize to any parents reading this.)

The original YouTube video, if you dare: http://bit.ly/2ADAF8n

 

And because you made it this far, here are two birds who can't seem to stay awake: http://bit.ly/2D1fdvr