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President Donald Trump is blasting Democrats over border security before heading to Texas to make his own case.

President Donald Trump on Monday blasted Democrats over border-security talks as Washington was scrambling to avoid a fresh government shutdown at the end of the week.

‘CRAZY!’ DEMAND

With funding for several government agencies due to expire Friday in the absence of a border-security deal, Trump said on Twitter that Democrats have a new demand that’s “crazy.” Talks have stalled partly because of Democrats’ desire to cap the number of beds available to hold detained immigrants.

“The Democrats do not want us to detain, or send back, criminal aliens!” Trump tweeted. “This is a brand new demand. Crazy!” Lawmakers were set to resume talks Monday in an effort to avoid another shutdown this weekend. Discussions will focus on limiting the number of beds and funding levels for barriers. Trump is scheduled to visit El Paso on Monday night to speak about border security. Speaking to a group of sheriffs before departing, he said, “we need a wall or else it’s not going to work.” Another shutdown would be “up to the Democrats,” Trump said.

AI EXECUTIVE ORDER

Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence.

The plan is dubbed the American AI Initiative and comes after China, among other countries, has pledged investments to apply the technology. But as the Associated Press reported, the White House plan doesn’t have funding details and the administration says it’s up to Congress to approve money.

Also see: Over 30 million workers will lose their jobs because of AI.

IRAN ANNIVERSARY TWEET

Trump used the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution to blast the country on Twitter in English, and in a tweet translated into Farsi.

“40 years of corruption. 40 years of repression. 40 years of terror. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure. The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future,” said Trump, who withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018.

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Robert Schroeder is the White House reporter for MarketWatch. Follow him on Twitter @mktwrobs.

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