Trump Says He Won't Declare a National Emergency...For Now

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TV news clips of Donald Trump saying Mexico would/could pay for his Wall by cutting a muilti-billion-dollar check to the USA played repeatedly as POTUS performed Thursday's photo-op on the southern border appear to have gotten under his skin.

Trump traveled to the southern border in Texas on Thursday to highlight his push for a border wall.

On Thursday, Senate Democrats attempted to force a vote in the Senate on the House-passed spending bills, but were blocked by McConnell who accused Democrats of taking part in "political stunts" and described their efforts as little more than pointless "show votes". Trump said he plans to keep the shutdown going indefinitely as long as Congress refuses to fund his border wall. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for morally bankrupting himself to serve President Donald Trump.

However, this is contradicted by an archived campaign memo from 2016, where Mr Trump outlined how he planned to "compel Mexico to make a one-time payment" of $5-10bn for the wall.

President Trump is threatening to declare a national emergency, which would allow him to bypass Congress and build the wall.

In the meantime, the administration has taken steps to lay the groundwork should Trump issue the declaration. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.

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The emergency funds had been set aside for California in the wake of devastating wildfires that tore through 1.8 million acres in the state this year, as well as Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida as they continue to recover from 2017 and 2018's hurricanes and prepare for similar storms in the coming years.

Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a lawmaker with a close relationship with the president, discounted that option, saying it was not "under very serious consideration". Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fl.), meanwhile, has a different worry: that the next Democrat could use their emergency powers to say "we have to build transgender bathrooms in every elementary school in America", Talking Points Memo reports.

The president has blamed the shutdown on Democrats, and Democrats have blamed the president.

Congressional and Pentagon sources tell NPR that the Army Corps of Engineers has been asked to identify projects that could be canceled or delayed so those funds could be repurposed for a border barrier.

A reporter asked, "Do you think that Congress would prevent the president from declaring a national emergency?"

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