"Now in any normal administration it would be insane to suggest...even joke about the president of the United States seeing stuff in a movie ... and maybe thinking it was real," MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said.
"I think the idea of a wall in and of itself is a symbol. It's not a real tool," former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told Newsweek.
"It's my great honor to accept," Trump said on Monday. "We have a great story to tell and yet, great goals to achieve!"
A pair of women married to U.S. Border Patrol agents sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, inviting her to visit the Texas border with Mexico and see it firsthand, then understand why her opposition to a barrier was misguided.
The president questioned how anybody could believe he wouldn't deliver his long-promised wall on the southern border.
Florida senator opposes declaring a national emergency.
A lawyer representing the fired undocumented workers said he wasn't "buying" that the Trump Organization was not previously aware of the employees' immigration status.
They "almost seem to have like a sexual fetish for a cement wall … a big beautiful erection of a wall," S.E. Cupp said, taking aim at Ann Coulter and others.
"We lost the election in November and now we've lost six weeks to get our strength back, to get our position back," GOP Representative Peter T. King of New York said.
"So let me get this straight, you were convinced Donald Trump was the guy, you voted for him…and now you're finding out he's a lying con man?" Maher asked his guest.
In a speech on Friday, the president said he will shut down the government again or declare a national emergency if a border wall deal isn't made by Feb. 15.
The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which President Trump has signed, guarantees that federal workers will swiftly receive back pay.
"Overall, more Americans now oppose expanding the U.S.-Mexico border wall since last asked in 2016," the Chicago Council on Global Affairs reported.
"This is your fault," Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson reportedly told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a private Republican luncheon.
There are still hurdles to jump when it comes to hashing out the details.
It's unclear where lawmakers and the president will go from here in order to reopen the government.
Former cartel members testified that narcotics were hidden in shipping containers, passenger cars with hidden compartments, trucks, tanker trains and even cans of jalapeños.
"That is not a Christian gesture," the pope has said about the president's claim that Mexico would pay for the wall.