MOBILE, Ala. -- For more insight on what's happening in Washington with the partial government shutdown and the negotiations, FOX10 News on Thursday morning televised a live interview with Republican Congressman Bradley Byrne of Alabama.

That conversation comes as President Donald Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the U.S.-Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for the border wall after negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands.

Trump walked out of his meeting with congressional leaders — "I said bye-bye," he tweeted soon after — as efforts to end the partial government shutdown fell into deeper disarray. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers now face missing paychecks on Friday.

Bradley Byrne on FOX10 News

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne is interviewed by FOX10 News anchor Eric Reynolds and Sarah Wall.

"I think the president has taken the right position, and I support him," Byrne said on the air on FOX10 News Thursday morning.

The congressman continued, "Now, I know there is some pain out there. Yesterday I filed a bill in the United States House of Representatives that would allow us to go forward with paying our Coast Guard personnel. And I’m going to make sure I work with the speaker’s office here to keep her to her word that she wants to open parts of the federal government so we can open that part and pay our personnel in the Coast Guard."

Lawmakers including Democrat Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama are calling for a short-term deal now to end the partial shutdown.

Jones was expected to talk to the media later Thursday morning about the costly shutdown, as well as his legislation to expand Medicaid.

We hope to have more from him later on FOX10 News.

President Trump address the nation during a government shutdown

President Trump addresses the nation Tuesday night, Jan. 8, 2019, during a government shutdown battle over funding for a southwest border wall.

During a stop Thursday in McAllen, Texas, Trump will visit a border patrol station for a roundtable on immigration and border security and will get a security briefing on the border. But Trump has expressed his own doubts that his appearance and remarks will change any minds, as he seeks $5.7 billion for the wall that has been his signature promise since his presidential campaign.

Democrats said before their brief White House meeting with Trump on Wednesday that they would ask the president to accept an earlier bipartisan bill that had money for border security but not the wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that the effects of hundreds of thousands of lost paychecks would begin to have an impact across the economy.

"The president could end the Trump shutdown and re-open the government today, and he should," Pelosi said.

Tuesday night, speaking to the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued that the wall was needed to resolve a security and humanitarian "crisis." He blamed illegal immigration for what he said was a scourge of drugs and violence in the U.S. and asked: "How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?"

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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