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Trump teases national emergency declaration could come during SOTU

03 February, 2019, 20:42 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Trump breaks brief public silence during border negotiations

"I think there's a good chance that we'll have to do that". "I think there's a good chance we'll have to do that".

While stopping short of saying he's made the decision, he suggested he might reveal more during his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Trump has discussed possibly declaring an emergency and redirecting funds already allocated by Congress for other purposes, possibly at the Defense Department, to his wall. "The wall is happening right now, okay?"

On the same day he met with the president, McConnell publicly announced his opposition to a national emergency declaration as he encouraged the 17-member congressional committee to find another way out of the impasse.

"Well, we have very strong legal standing", Trump told reporters hours before he is slated to make his first visit to his South Florida resort since Thanksgiving weekend.

Trump said at a White House event that he might declare such an emergency because it did not appear that Democrats in Congress were moving toward a deal that would provide the money he wants to help fund the wall, which Democrats broadly oppose.

Late previous year, Senate Democrats had appeared to be willing to allow $1.6 billion in border wall money but retreated from that after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn't accept it.

Pelosi has, after all, offered the president more than $1bn for border security: just not for building a wall. "She doesn't mind human trafficking or she wouldn't do this", Trump added.

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A bipartisan House-Senate committee is considering proposals for funding border security measures for the current fiscal year ahead of a deadline in two weeks when stopgap funding ends and a new partial federal shutdown could begin.

"We haven't declared the national emergency yet, but we're building the wall", the president said.

Trump told reporters at the Oval Office on February 1 that the federal government is already building the wall.

"Optimistic and unifying, but I think it can also be considered visionary", the official said of the speech.

Claiming that there are three caravans heading towards the United States, he said if there was a wall, it would not even be a problem.

Without giving details, Trump tweeted Thursday: "More troops being sent to the Southern Border to stop the attempted Invasion of Illegals, through large caravans, into our Country".

Pelosi has previously backed legislation to fight human trafficking and called it "an abhorrent crime". They check these things. "And when I hear them talking about the fact that walls are immoral, walls don't work - they know they work", Trump said.

On Jan. 31, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured almost 254 pounds of the deadly synthetic opioid from a secret compartment inside a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona.



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