Trump says there's a 'good chance' he'll declare national emergency

Minnie Murray
February 2, 2019

At a Friday press conference, he offered a mild jab at his political opponent.

Asked if he expects to declare a national emergency on the wall funding issue, Trump told reporters: "I don't want to say it, but you'll hear the State of the Union, and then you'll see what happens right after the State of the Union". "Democrats should be ashamed of themselves". She added that the 17 House and Senate negotiators working on legislation to fund homeland security for the year should decide components of border security.

"Well, I'm saying listen closely to the State of the Union, I think you'll find it very exciting", Trump said.

"The president needs to know that before he heads down that path", Cornyn said.

Although the Democrats continue to refuse to grant the president the $5.7bn in border wall funding he was requesting, he agreed to a bill that funds the USA government until 15 February, thus enabling almost 800,000 employees to return to work and receive delayed payment.

Pelosi's comments came after a committee composed of Republican and Democrat representatives and senators met for the first time on Wednesday, Jan. 30, seeking to hammer out an agreement that satisfies both sides. "We're building the wall", he said.

Conferees are operating under a February 15 deadline to get a bill to Trump's desk that he can sign, or another partial government shutdown would begin.

In addition to the Trump campaign and affiliated fundraising committees, the Republican National Committee continued to show its financial strength, entering 2019 with $23.5 million in its account.

Without giving any 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".

According to new Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings made public on Thursday night, the latest fundraising disclosures bring the total haul for Trump's re-election effort to more than $129 million, a record amount for a sitting American President at this point in the election cycle, reports The Washington Post. The president claimed that Ryan said congressional Republicans would back the president's bid for money in return for him not vetoing a spending bill previous year.

"I think there's a good chance that we'll have to do that", Trump added, referring to the possibility of an emergency.

The Democratic measure, totaling nearly $22 billion for U.S. Customs, the border patrol, and immigration agents, would significantly increase spending for scanners at ports of entry, humanitarian aid for apprehended migrants, and new aircraft to police the U.S. -Mexico border. It would freeze the number of border patrol agent s and block any wall construction in wildlife refuges along the border. Lawmakers are trying to arrange border-security specialists to talk to the conference committee. But the person who has final word on the whole deal, President Trump, isn't all that interested in the bipartisan panel hoping to stave off the second shutdown in two months.

"We're going to move forward, and I think that we should", she said.

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