Trump vows border wall 'one way or the other'

President Trump vowed Thursday to plow ahead with construction of a border wall "one way or the other" even as congressional lawmakers began negotiating a possible border-security compromise -- while insisting the project should simply be called a "wall" from here on out.

Trump in recent weeks, in an apparent effort to ease concerns among Democrats who bristle at talk of a border wall, had alternated between calling it a barrier or fence or "steel slats." On Thursday, he returned to his original language.

“Large sections of WALL have already been built with much more either under construction or ready to go. Renovation of existing WALLS is also a very big part of the plan to finally, after many decades, properly Secure Our Border. The Wall is getting done one way or the other!” he tweeted.

Trump added: “Let’s just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games! A WALL is a WALL!”

The president’s tweets came as a bipartisan, bicameral conference committee convened to discuss a potential border-security compromise, in the wake of the end of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Lawmakers have a Feb. 15 deadline to pass new funding legislation or risk a second partial shutdown.


But Trump, who already has warned he could declare a national emergency to pursue the project, seemed Thursday to be lowering expectations for the negotiations while suggesting he'll press forward with or without explicit new funding.

"Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time. Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and Caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL. I’ve got you covered. Wall is already being built, I don’t expect much help!" he tweeted.

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