Donald Trump threatens emergency powers to pay for wall

Pelosi of Calif. center speaks following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House Jan. 9 2019

Pelosi of Calif. center speaks following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House Jan. 9 2019

President Trump is expected to participate in a roundtable on immigration and border security at the US Border Patrol McAllen Station.

"Speaker Pelosi's refusal to negotiate on funding for a border wall/barrier - even if the government were to be reopened - virtually ends the congressional path to funding for a border wall/barrier", Graham said in a Thursday statement.

Most recently, Trump walked out of a meeting with Congress members and is considering declaring a national emergency to get the wall built if lawmakers won't approve the necessary funds, according to the New York Times.

"If this doesn't work out, I probably will do it, I would nearly say definitely", Mr. Trump told reporters, adding later, "If we don't make a deal, I would say 100 percent but I don't want to say 100 percent".

Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks during a news conference discussing discuss a resolution to end USA military support for Saudi Arabia's war with Yemen on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., defended his party Thursday minutes after Trump spoke, telling Fox News that Democrats support "strong border security".

President Trump on the partial government shutdown and efforts to reach a compromise on border wall funding. Declaring a national emergency, the president explained, frees up a "tremendous" amount of funds.

The president was asked twice as he left for Texas if he plans to invite congressional leaders back to the White House to resume negotiations.

If Congress doesn't make a deal, Mr. Trump said "it would be very surprising" if he didn't declare such a national emergency.

Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, said Acosta's video was one of the "best self-own videos", showing that "walls work".

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.

If Trump were to make such a declaration, Manchin predicted the Senate would immediately pass legislation to fund the federal agencies that have been partially closed. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers now face lost paychecks on Friday.

At the FBI, where most agents continue to work, concerns are building that operational funds the bureau needs to conduct investigations, including sensitive undercover operations, are beginning to dry up, said Tom O'Connor, president of the FBI Agents Association.

The president again suggested criminals and terrorists are flowing freely across the border, ignoring that the rate of illegal immigration has fallen dramatically over the past decade, that the undocumented population in the USA hit a 12-year low last year and studies have shown that illegal immigration does not increase violent crime. "We have crime and death and it's not just at the border".

Plagued by kidnappings, Reynosa is so risky for migrants that locals advise new arrivals against any trip alone out of the two shelters.

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