Trump shares 'steel slat barrier' illustration for border as shutdown deadline nears

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE shared an illustration of his proposed barrier for the southern border on Friday as lawmakers scrambled to reach a deal to avert a partial government shutdown.

"A design of our Steel Slat Barrier which is totally effective while at the same time beautiful!" Trump tweeted, including an image showing a series of slats with pointed tops.

Trump began describing his proposed border barrier as having "steel slats" on Tuesday. He also suggested that Democrats were opposed to providing funding for his proposed border wall in the must-pass government funding bill because of the aesthetics of the barrier.

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"The Democrats, are saying loud and clear that they do not want to build a Concrete Wall - but we are not building a Concrete Wall, we are building artistically designed steel slats, so that you can easily see through it," Trump tweeted.

On Thursday, the president seemed to imply that "steel slats" and "wall" were interchangeable phrases.

"The Democrats, who know Steel Slats (Wall) are necessary for Border Security, are putting politics over Country," he tweeted.

House Republicans passed a short-term funding bill on Thursday that included over $5 billion for border security after the Senate this week passed a measure funding the government through early February but not including any money for Trump's border wall.

The Senate was considering the House-passed bill on Friday as lawmakers attempt to find a path forward. Failure to reach a deal over funding by midnight on Friday would trigger a shutdown affecting about 25 percent of the federal government.