Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen sought to portray the situation at the southern border as a "crisis" during her presentation to lawmakers who gathered in the Situation Room with President Trump on Wednesday afternoon, two senior administration officials said.
"Nielsen said, 'This is not a status quo situation. We are in a crisis situation,'" one of the officials said, relaying her remarks, which were aimed at the Democratic leaders in attendance. "Status quo funding is not enough."
The two senior administration officials said the President listened to Democrats, but is ultimately waiting for Democrats to make a "good faith offer" that would include additional border security funding.
The officials said the White House does not plan to make Democrats a new offer before Trump meets again with lawmakers on Friday.