At the border, Trump moves closer to emergency declaration

Marsha Scott
January 12, 2019

Trump, they argue, then would be able to tell his supporters that he did all he could to fight for the wall, even if his order is stalled or blocked by the courts.

"What we're not looking to do right now is national emergency", he continued.

Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the U.S. -Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for a border wall after the latest negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands.

Neither side appears willing to budge-and if the White House and congressional leaders can not come to an agreement, Trump has vowed to "almost definitely" use his emergency powers to build the wall.

"But the easy route for me would be to call a national emergency and do it", he added. When Pelosi replied "no", Trump by his admission put his hands up in exasperation and said "bye bye".

Almost $14 billion in emergency disaster relief funds have been allocated but not yet obligated through contracts for a variety of projects in states including California, Florida and Texas and in the USA territory of Puerto Rico that have been ravaged by recent hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters, according to the aide familiar with the matter.

More news: Near 60 degrees in Denver today, but snow tomorrow
More news: Man authorities believe shot Texas girl charged with murder
More news: Documentary puts new attention on R. Kelly sex allegations

Graham, an influential White House ally on Capitol Hill, said using "emergency powers" was likely Trump's only path to a wall considering Democrats' refusal to include wall funding in a spending bill that would end the partial government shutdown.

The president has warned of an "invasion" and a "humanitarian crisis" at the southern border, as he continues to negotiate for $5.7 billion to fund border security and construction of a wall or barrier along the border. He claimed his lawyers told him the action would withstand legal scrutiny "100 percent".

The vote was 240-179, with 10 Republicans siding with Democrats.

Defense Department officials discussed the plan with Trump Thursday as he traveled to the southern border. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fl.), meanwhile, has a different worry: that the next Democrat could use their emergency powers to say "we have to build transgender bathrooms in every elementary school in America", Talking Points Memo reports.

Meadows, who speaks frequently with Trump, sees the emergency declaration as the "last tool" the president has.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

Discuss This Article