President Trump has announced that he could declare a state of emergency on the border in order to build the wall without Congress. Breitbart reports:
President Donald Trump said he was willing to declare a state of emergency on Friday, in order to build a wall on the Southern border.
“Absolutely, we can call a national emergency,” Trump said when asked about the idea by a reporter. “I haven’t done it. I may do it. I may do it.”
The president spoke to reporters in the Rose Garden on Friday at the White House after meeting with Congressional leaders for more than two hours to try to make a deal.
Trump confirmed that he said that he was willing to keep the government shut down for up to a year, if necessary, if Democrats refused to make a deal on border security funding.
“I did say that, absolutely I said that,” he said. “I don’t think it will but I am prepared and I think that I can speak for Republicans in the House and Republicans in the Senate they feel very strongly about having a safe country.”
This would be an unusual way to build the wall, but the threat of its use could put pressure on Democrats to agree to fund border security.