President Donald Trump says he has designated a team that will meet over the weekend with lawmakers to resolve the standoff over his demand for a border wall that has led to a partial government shutdown.
Trump spoke in the Rose Garden on Friday after emerging from more than two hours of somewhat contentious talks with Democratic leaders in the House and Senate. Vice President Mike Pence says there is a crisis at the border.
Trump said that the official ports of entry are strong, but there are miles and miles of unprotected areas along the border where drug and people smugglers enter the United States. He says the only way to stop it is to have a solid concrete or steel structure to close off the open areas.
The government is in its 14th day of a partial government shutdown.