Behind the scenes in White House press pool

    President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters on the South Lawn at the White House before departing for New Orleans Monday. Credit: NBC Montana

    Washington, D.C., was the focus of two storms Monday -- a snowstorm that shut down the city Sunday night, canceling schools and closing all federal offices Monday, and the political storm surrounding the government shutdown that began 24 days ago.

    NBC Montana went behind the scenes at the White House Monday morning. First, we joined a group of reporters asking White House adviser Kellyanne Conway questions about the shutdown. She tried to hit home President Donald Trump's message of needing a wall.

    NBC Montana also joined the press gaggle awaiting Trump when he departed the White House for New Orleans, where he spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th annual convention. He answered questions on topics like the new allegations involving his involvement with Russia to the shutdown, which looks to continue indefinitely.

    "I'm not looking to call a national emergency," Trump said. "This is so simple you shouldn't have to. Now, I have the absolute legal right to call it, but I'm not looking to do that, because this is too simple. The Democrats should say we want border security. We have to build a wall, otherwise you can't have border security. And we should get on with our lives."

    It's an incredible time for NBC Montana to be in the nation's capital witnessing history during this now-historic government shutdown.

    So where does the Montana Congressional delegation stand? We'll start digging deeper into that Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

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