I don't believe a congressional conference committee will produce border security legislation that can pass through both chambers of Congress and Trump apparently doesn't either.
Trump told the Wall Street Journal there's a "less than 50-50" chance the committee will produce something.
“I personally think it’s less than 50-50, but you have a lot of very good people on that board,” Trump said in an interview Sunday with the newspaper. [...]
Is Trump prepared to shut down the government again in three weeks?
“Yeah, I think he actually is,” acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said. “He doesn’t want to shut the government down, let’s make that very clear. He doesn’t want to declare a national emergency.”
The idea that Trump "doesn't want to declare a national emergency" actually tells us there is no emergency.
An emergency is not something you declare because you do or don't want to; it's something you do out of necessity.
If there really was an emergency (there isn't), a declaration should have been issued a long time ago. And considering that Trump hasn't issued a declaration while insisting that an emergency currently exists, one has to ask why he's failing to protect the nation.
He can't have it both ways.