"I mean, we have the absolute right to declare a national emergency", he said.
The Washington Post suggested the White House was laying the groundwork for declaring an emergency that would let Trump build sections of a wall, possibly using funds from the Army Corps of Engineers.
While a national emergency would provide some legal framework for his administration to freely move funds toward construction of a barrier, it would nearly certainly face court challenges.
Now that the partial shutdown of the federal government has become the longest in American history, and with no end in sight as President Donald Trump and House Democrats dig in over his proposal for a border wall, it's worth revisiting who is likely to pay a political price.
Opposition Democrats are refusing to approve $5.7 billion in wall funding, saying that overwhelming numbers of illegal immigrants do not commit serious crimes and that Trump is mainly promoting the project to satisfy his right-wing base. "They are", the president told reporters.
That has resulted in a partial government shutdown now in its 20th day, with hundreds of thousands of federal employees - including air traffic controllers, the FBI and Coast Guard - going without pay.
On Wednesday, he invited Democrat leaders to the White House, but walked out of the meeting.
The White House has said Trump would veto the bills if they made it to his desk.
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"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border", he declared on June 16, 2015 at Trump Tower in NY.
Three weeks into the crisis, Most Americans appear to be blaming Trump for the shutdown - further isolating the president with only his ardent supporters in favor of the White House strategy.
Trump is to visit a border patrol station and receive a briefing on border security. President Trump insisted on Twitter. Schumer called Trump's move a "temper tantrum", contending while standing outside the West Wing that the president at one point "slammed the table" before calling the meeting "a waste of his time".
Steel added that Trump's public appeals this week, which the president himself was reluctant to give, were not going to earn Democratic votes "in an way, shape or form".
Critics argue that, if the deal does go into effect, funds would be absorbed by private enterprises instead of the government - a direct refutation of Trump's claim, according to Politico.
Murkowski personally raised the issue with Trump on Tuesday when she attended a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans, telling the president constituents were feeling the "consequences" of the shutdown.
The president again suggested criminals and terrorists are flowing freely across the border, ignoring that the rate of illegal immigration has fallen dramatically over the past decade, that the undocumented population in the United States hit a 12-year low last year and studies have shown that illegal immigration does not increase violent crime.