Trump teases national emergency declaration could come during SOTU

Trump teases national emergency declaration could come during SOTU

Trump teases national emergency declaration could come during SOTU

"But we will be looking at a national emergency, because I don't think anything is going to happen", Trump said. Democrats have proposed billions of dollars for border security, but no money for a wall. Pelosi has called the wall expensive, ineffective and immoral.

In explaining his reasoning for a potential declaration, the president criticized Democrats, and specifically House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for continuing to deny him funding for his desired border wall.

On Thursday, Trump bristled at the idea that he was not already building the wall.

Trump told Congressional leaders that he won't sign a spending bill which does not include funds for a border wall.

Last Friday, amid "mounting public frustration", Donald Trump agreed to halt the 35-day United States government shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay for more than a month, reports The Guardian.

"It's very hard to do human trafficking through ports of entry because you have people standing there saying hey what's going on in the backseat, what's going on in the trunk".

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, in a statement condemned Trump's "wild and predictable misrepresentations about Democrats' commitment to border security".

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President Donald Trump continued feeding the weeks of speculation about whether he would declare a national emergency to begin construction on his promised border wall in order to circumvent congressional approval.

The president says that existing sections of walls should be extended along the border to stop what he describes as an uncontrolled invasion of criminals.

McConnell, R-Ky., told Trump that Congress might end up passing a resolution disapproving the emergency declaration, the people said - which would force the president to contemplate issuing his first veto ever, in face of opposition from his own party. Such a step likely would prompt a court challenge from Democrats.

"Basically, she wants open borders, she does not mind human trafficking", he said as he accused Pelosi of doing very bad politics.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment on the meeting between McConnell and Trump. She said the 17 House and Senate negotiators working on legislation to fund homeland security for the fiscal year should decide components of border security.

Democratic negotiators unveiled a detailed opening position containing no money for additional physical barriers on the border to control the flow of undocumented immigrants and illegal drugs.

The president is referring to the carefully allotted $1.6 billion from Congress in the 2018 omnibus bill allowing him to replace or fix existing border structures on the southern border - but not build new structures.

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