Donald Trump threatens emergency powers to pay for wall

12 January, 2019, 00:39 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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As the shutdown has dragged on, the President has increasingly talked about the possibility of declaring a national emergency in an effort to secure border funding, a move that would be expected to face legal challenge if it happened.

Other senators said they recognized that the only way out of the standoff would be for Trump, Pelosi and Schumer to reach a deal that would be acceptable to them and that could pass the House and Senate and be signed into law.

Officials told Trump the Army Corps could put up 315 miles of 30-foot, bollard-style barrier in 18 months, according to NBC, which cited sources.

Lindsey Graham, a Republican and close White House ally, said Thursday he doesn't see a way to resolve the shutdown dispute that has paralyzed much of the federal government.

Almost three-quarters of USA citizens surveyed said the prolonged impasse over whether to fund President Trump's wall on the border with Mexico is "embarrassing for the country", according to an NPR/Ispos Poll released Friday. "The president once said that Mexico would pay for the wall", he said, playing a montage of Trump at campaign rallies. Graham and other GOP leaders proposed to let congressional committees hammer out details for funding a border barrier while passing a separate bill to end the shutdown, but Trump shot down the plan, Politico reported.

Still, he declared: "A wall works".


McAllen is located in the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest part of the border for illegal border crossings.

Trump on Thursday gave his strongest public indication yet that he is leaning toward an emergency declaration as he traveled to the Texas border to continue to press his case for the wall. "What is manufactured is the use of the word 'manufactured, '" Trump said.

The president has blamed the shutdown on Democrats, and Democrats have blamed the shutdown on the president.

On Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the president of engaging in political games to fire up his most loyal supporters, suggesting that a heated meeting Wednesday with legislators at the White House had been "a setup" so that Trump could walk out of it.

President Trump announced the cancellation of his upcoming trip to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, due to the partial government shutdown.

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