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Trump threatens national border wall emergency

Erica Werner, Josh Dawsey and Seung Min Kim | 1/13/2019, 11:45 a.m.
President Trump on Friday threatened to use emergency powers to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that ...
President Donald Trump talks to reporters about an impending U.S. government shutdown as he participates in a bill signing ceremony for the First Step Act and the Juvenile Justice Reform Act in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., Dec. 21, 2018. Joshua Roberts of Reuters

The Washington Post

(The Texas Tribune) – President Trump on Friday threatened to use emergency powers to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that would defy a Congress that – amid Democratic opposition – has thus far refused to allocate any new money for a border wall.

Asked Friday if he would declare a national emergency to get the wall built, Trump responded: “We can do it. I haven’t done it. I may do it. I may do it.”

But Trump strengthened his rhetoric in his demands for more than $5 billion to build a wall along the southern border, saying it must be built out of concrete or steel. Democrats have rejected providing any new funding for a border wall.