Trump: 'No cave' on wall demands

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 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 McConnellHawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Democrats file brief against Trump, 'the Framers' worst nightmare' Iran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner 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 PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' 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.