Trump: 'No cave' on wall demands

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE on Tuesday reiterated he would not budge on his demand to fund a wall along the southern border, dimming prospects for an imminent solution to a prolonged partial government shutdown.

"Without a Wall our Country can never have Border or National Security," Trump said in a tweet, insisting that a wall or steel barrier would cut crime rates.

"The Dems know this but want to play political games," he added. "Must finally be done correctly. No Cave!"

The president earlier Tuesday morning issued a tweet accusing the Democrats of "playing politics" over the wall after the subject was discussed on "Fox & Friends."


Roughly 25 percent of the federal government has been shuttered for 32 days and counting after Trump demanded more than $5 billion to fund a wall along the southern barrier. Democrats have offered money for other border security measures, but nothing for the wall.

Trump on Saturday proposed a deal that would include more than $5 billion in funding for the border wall, a three-year extension of protections for “Dreamers” who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and temporary protected status holders, and funding for additional immigration judges and other border security measures.

The bill, if passed, would end the shutdown.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillary Clinton: Voter suppression has led to 'crisis in democracy' in the US New York Times authors blame Kavanaugh correction on editing error: 'There was zero intent to mislead' The Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? MORE (R-Ky.) said he would bring Trump’s proposal up for a vote this week, and Republicans signaled support for the measure.

No Democrats have publicly said they would support the legislation, with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPence says it's 'vital' for Congress to pass US-Mexico-Canada trade deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' MORE (D-Calif.) calling the concept a “non-starter.”

Democrats have called on Trump to reopen the government amid negotiations. The Democrat-held House passed measures in recent days to reopen certain parts of the government, but the bills have not been taken up in the Senate.