President Donald Trump visited the Texas Border

The President Donald Trump visited the Texas border on Thursday – the 20th day of a partial government shutdown – in a publicity ploy to help make the case for funding his long-promised wall after negotiations with Democrats broke down.

As he left the White House for McAllen, Texas, Trump told reporters he would prefer to work with Congress on a deal to end the shutdown, which was triggered by his insistence on funds for the wall, but warned that he would use his emergency powers to circumvent Congress if they can’t come to agreement.

If the shutdown continues into the weekend, it will become the longest government closure in US history

However, the president has reiterated his threat to declare a national emergency if Congress does not meet his demand for billions of dollars to construct a wall along the US-Mexico border as part of a deal to end the partial government shutdown.