Trump Threatens National Emergency If He Doesn't Get His Border Wall

Trump Threatens National Emergency If He Doesn't Get His Border Wall

"If we don't make a deal, I would say 100 percent, but I don't want to say 100 percent because maybe something else comes up", Trump said of declaring an emergency at the border.

"It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier", he continued.

The Washington Post, citing two unnamed sources, reported that the White House was laying the groundwork for declaring an emergency that would let Trump build sections of a wall, possibly using funds from the Army Corps of Engineers.

President Donald Trump on Thursday made the latest in a long line of contradictory statements about his proposed southern border wall and how it would be funded - this time announcing he never intended for Mexico to literally pay for the barrier.

"The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico", Trump said Tuesday night in a televised speech. "They are", Trump said, going on to repeat his repeatedly debunked claim that Mexico would pay for the wall through the newly-revised NAFTA trade deal, now known as the USMCA agreement, still unapproved by Congress.

In McAllen, Texas, Mr. Trump visited a border patrol station where he was briefed by agents on the situation at the border. Using the Internet archiving tool Wayback Machine, CBS News obtained the now-deleted memo the Trump campaign posted in April 2015 describing how the USA would compel Mexico to make a "one-time payment" of $5 or $10 billion for the wall.

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The USMCA "is not going to lead to the kinds of economic changes that the American people will even be able to notice, much less raise enough money to be able to pay for the wall", Todd Tucker, of liberal think tank Roosevelt Institute, told Vox.

Talks with Democrats stalled Wednesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the President she would not support building a barrier structure on the US-Mexico border.

Three weeks into the crisis, Most Americans appear to be blaming Trump for the shutdown - further isolating the president with only his ardent supporters in favor of the White House strategy.

Steel added that Trump's public appeals this week, which the president himself was reluctant to give, were not going to earn Democratic votes "in an way, shape or form".

The president also said he will not go to the worldwide conference in Davos, Switzerland, later this month if the shutdown continues. "The reality is thousands of federal employees and contractors have no paycheck in sight, small businesses that rely on them are suffering and there's no reason they should be held hostage to a political dispute".

The partial shutdown would set a record early Saturday, stretching beyond the 21-day closure that ended Jan 6, 1996, during President Bill Clinton's administration. "I said bye-bye, nothing else works!" However, statistics show illegal immigration there is at a 20-year low and drug shipments mainly passed through legal ports of entry.

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