The White House is also weighing whether Trump can declare a national emergency to build the wall without approval from Congress, according to Vice President Mike Pence. ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl tells us it would be a “messy process” for the president and “another court challenge.”
And while the White House has insisted the president has made a concession in calling for the wall to be made of steel instead of concrete, Democrats are holding firm by refusing to support any funding for a wall. House Democrats will vote on bills to reopen parts of the government this week, and Senate Democrats want to block bills unrelated to ending the shutdown.
“We don’t sense that the Democrats feel boxed in, in any way,” ABC News’ Trish Turner says. “In fact, they are charging forward.”
2. White House tries to clarify Syria policy
The president claimed victory over ISIS two weeks ago and promised that American troops would be coming home within 30 days.
“Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16,” the governor said in a statement Monday. “Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh.”
ABC News’ Steve Osunsami walks us through Brown’s case and why it sparked outrage from celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West.