Trump makes border wall pitch ahead of key meeting with Democratic leaders

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE early Tuesday made the case for his proposed border wall ahead of a meeting with Democratic leaders to discuss funding, saying it would provide additional security.

"Our Southern Border is now Secure and will remain that way," he wrote in a lengthy series of tweets. "I look forward to my meeting with Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block grants House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP MORE & Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing White House, Democrats strike tentative deal to create Space Force in exchange for federal parental leave benefits: report Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests MORE. In 2006, Democrats voted for a Wall, and they were right to do so. Today, they no longer want Border Security.

"They will fight it at all cost, and Nancy must get votes for Speaker," he added. "But the Wall will get built."

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Trump appeared to dial back his rhetoric on the need for a fully funded border wall, claiming over the course of several tweets that "our newly built Walls, makeshift Walls & Fences, or Border Patrol Officers & Military" have kept a group of Central American migrants from crossing the border, but that a full wall would be "a far easier & less expensive solution."

"The Democrats, however, for strictly political reasons and because they have been pulled so far left, do NOT want Border Security," Trump tweeted.

The president repeated his claim that Democrats favor "open borders," which he argued "brings large scale crime and disease."

"If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall," Trump concluded. "They know how important it is!"

The president recently directed thousands of troops to be deployed the southern border to prepare for the arrival of Central American migrants. The troops helped lay barbed wire near the border, while critics accused Trump of using the military personnel for a political stunt ahead of the midterm elections.

The president's prolonged comments on border security came hours before he was scheduled to meet with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block grants House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP MORE (D-N.Y.) at the White House, where the three are expected to discuss funding for border security.

Trump has pushed for $5 billion to fund border security, including money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, while the Democratic leaders have indicated they're unwilling to commit more than $1.6 billion.

Congress must pass government funding bills by Dec. 21 to avoid a partial shutdown. Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement late Monday that the president should accept a yearlong stopgap funding measure that would provide $1.3 billion for border fencing and barriers, the same amount that Congress appropriated for fiscal 2018.

Trump has made border security a signature issue of his administration after pledging during the 2016 campaign that he would build a wall along the southern border and that Mexico would pay for it.

--Updated at 7:50 a.m.