President Trump skeptical about a deal on border wall

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President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, after attending the casualty return at Dover Air Force Base, Del., for the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Donald Trump said the odds that congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are “less than 50-50.”

Trump told The Wall Street Journal on Sunday that he doesn’t think the negotiators will strike a deal that he’d accept. He pledged to build a wall anyway using his executive powers to declare a national emergency if necessary.

Trump also doubts he’d be willing to accept less than $5.7 billion to build a barrier on the southern border.

He also told the newspaper that he probably wouldn’t be willing to exchange funds for a wall for broad immigration reform.

When asked if he would agree to citizenship for immigrants who were illegally brought into the U.S. as children, Trump replied, “I doubt it.”

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