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No wall, no deal, says US VP Pence on govt shutdown

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

Vice on Thursday announced that will not support any deal to reopen the government without receiving money for his proposed border wall.

During a 45-minute press briefing in the Capitol, said, "Walls work. It's not a debatable point. No wall, no deal. Because walls work," reported

This statement by the Vice is a clear indication that the partial government shutdown is headed into its fourth week this weekend.

Pence, who was accompanied by and acting (OMB) Russ Vought, also revealed that Trump believes he has an "absolute right" to declare a national emergency at the border.

He further stated that imposing emergency would also allow him to shift military construction money from the to help pay for Trump's border wall without congressional approval.

Clarifying that Trump is yet to decide whether he will pursue that route, asked the to approve the fund for the wall.

Calling on the to approve the 5.7 billion USD in funding for the wall or steel barrier, Pence said, "Our conviction is that should do its job.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 04:20 IST