ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Donald Trump said on Thursday if there is no money to build his wall 'it doesn't work' after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there would be no wall money as a bipartisan negotiating team worked out a deal.
"There's not going to be any wall money in the legislation," the top House Democrat told reporters, adding that more ports of entry or additional border technology was on the table for negotiation.
Asked by reporters about Pelosi's comment on wall funding, Trump said: "Without a wall, it doesn't work." The committee of Republican and Democratic representatives and senators met for the first time on Wednesday to begin negotiating a compromise on federal spending.
Trump has demanded a $5.7 billion down payment for his promised wall.
The committee will likely have to wrap up its work around Feb.
10 to meet a Feb.
15 deadline set when Trump and lawmakers agreed last week to end a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history.
Otherwise, about 800,000 federal employees could again be furloughed or forced to work without pay.
Pelosi rejected as a "nonstarter" Trump's offer of a temporary three-year protection for "Dreamer" immigrants in exchange for a permanent wall.
The Dreamers are young people brought illegally to the United States as children.
The speaker also said she does not believe a bill to permanently end shutdowns should be part of current border security negotiations.
House Democrats on Thursday released to reporters a detailed summary of their opening offer in the negotiations.
It did not include money for a wall or any type of new physical border barriers.