'Good chance' he will declare emergency for wall money

According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D., Calif., President Trump is "forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall".

Pelosi, along with other top Democrats, wouldn't negotiate on border wall and border security funds until the shutdown ended, however, since the government reopened almost a week ago, it doesn't look like Pelosi has made any effort to compromise.

Trump said at a White House event he might declare an emergency because it did not appear Democrats in Congress were moving toward a deal to provide wall money.

"I think there's a good chance that we'll have to do that", he added, referring to declaring a national emergency.

"I've actually always gotten along with her, but now I don't think I will any more".

President Donald Trump said on Friday he might declare a national emergency to obtain funding to build a wall along the US border with Mexico because it did not appear Democrats were moving toward a deal that would provide the money. "She knows that you need a barrier". His comment came about an hour after Pelosi said any legislation that panel produces will not propose a single penny to his proposed wall.

The president then repeated his cryptic claim: "We've set the stage for what's going to happen". I don't think Democrats want border security.

Trump will also address foreign policy issues during his speech, including the United States trade war with China, the situation in Venezuela and the ending of USA involvement in conflicts overseas, the administration official said. "And this really is an invasion of our country by human traffickers". "The wall that they used to build were not very attractive".

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a top McConnell confidant, said this week that he is opposed to a national emergency declaration in part because of what it might embolden a future Democratic president to do.

"I think some of their goals are aligned but the methods to get there might be different", said Sen. "We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions and unlock the extraordinary promise of America's future". "We're going to keep watching and we're going to keep seeing and if there's trouble, if somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we're going to know it before they do".

Asked if Trump would acknowledge the shutdown in his speech, the administration official said the president will "definitely talk about immigration and about where we are in that debate and present a path forward".

  • Joey Payne