DC Daily: Trump again calls for improved border security, building of wall as shutdown looms

DC Daily: Trump again calls for improved border security, building of wall as shutdown looms
Posted at 7:53 AM, Jan 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-16 10:53:58-05

What's happening in the political world:

Trump again stresses need for improved border security
-- President Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to blame Democrats for a looming government shutdown and to once again call for better security on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump said: "We must have Security at our VERY DANGEROUS SOUTHERN BORDER, and we must have a great WALL to help protect us, and to help stop the massive inflow of drugs pouring into our country!"

He then added: "The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security. The biggest loser will be our rapidly rebuilding Military, at a time we need it more than ever. We need a merit based system of immigration, and we need it now! No more dangerous Lottery."

Trump's statements come as debate continues over the future of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The president has said funding for border security and the proposed border wall will need to be part of any immigration deal specifically pertaining to DACA.

Trump's other morning tweets
-- The president weighed in on other topics on his Twitter timeline Tuesday morning:

Bannon expected to meet with House Russia investigators
-- President Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon is expected to face questioning from the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday regarding the Trump campaign's links to Russia.

Bannon's appearance on Capitol Hill comes amid his comments on Trump and campaign staffers in Michael Wolff's recently released book "Fire and Fury."

In the book, Bannon is quoted disparaging Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, calling their June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton "treasonous."

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CNN contributed to this report