President Trump hosts roundtable discussion on border security

Rachel Kleinman

President Trump on Thursday hosted local, state and community leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House for a roundtable discussion about border security.

The president on Wednesday visited McAllen, Texas, at the southern border of the United States in his ongoing pursuit of a wall at the border between the U.S. and Mexico — a signature promise of his 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump's demand for $5 billion in funding for a wall at the border is at the center of an impasse between Trump and Democratic lawmakers that spurred the ongoing, partial government shutdown that began on Dec. 22.

The president has floated the possibility of declaring a national emergency to enable a unilateral decision on the border wall.