Donald Trump threatens emergency powers to pay for wall

April FrancisJan 12, 2019

Sean Patrick Maloney says that most Republicans are opposed to Trump funding the wall through executive order. Democrats in Congress have refused to approve a spending bill that includes the $5.7 billion Trump has demanded for the wall. In the meantime, hundreds of thousands of federal workers are set to miss paychecks Friday. Like almost all drugs trafficked across the border, they were intercepted by agents at official ports of entry, he was told, and not in the remote areas where he wants to extend tall barriers.

Taking the shutdown fight to the Mexican border, President Donald Trump edged closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an extraordinary end run around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall.

The president is requesting Congress to approve $5.7 billion to help fulfill a campaign promise to build a wall along the USA southern border.

Trump has started to claim that he never said during his election campaign that Mexico would directly pay for the wall: "Obviously, I never said this, and I never meant they're going to write out a check", the president told reporters at the White House on Thursday.

"We can declare a national emergency".

Defense Department officials discussed the plan with Trump Thursday as he traveled to the southern border.

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A second official with knowledge of the proposal said it would fund construction of about 315 miles (500 kilometers) of border barrier.

An emergency declaration would draw immediate legal challenge from Democrats, who have accused Trump of trying to manufacture a crisis at the southern border to justify his wall. Critics have said the move would be an unconstitutional abuse of emergency powers. On the flip side, Cavuto also thinks Democrats are being disingenuous, sounding less concerned about border dangers than they did just a few months ago.

But even some Republican lawmakers uneasy about the idea of pulling money from Army Corps projects saw few alternate options.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear that he won't take up any legislation related to the shutdown in the Senate that President Donald Trump won't sign.

"Siphoning funding from real disasters to pay for a crisis manufactured by the president is wholly unacceptable and the American people won't fall for it", she said.

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