Trump seeks to justify possible emergency declaration that would bypass Congress on border wall

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President Trump’s main points while speaking in Texas included human trafficking, Mexico paying for the wall, and moving away from calling it a “wall”
USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump Friday played down the prospects of an imminent emergency declaration to free up funding for his proposed border wall, saying that he wasn’t “going to to do it so fast.”

Locked in an impasse with Democrats over the wall, Trump has said repeatedly in recent days that if he can’t reach a deal on spending, he was strongly leaning toward an emergency declaration. Such a declaration would potentially let him dip into billions of dollars for the project but would be certain to draw immediate legal challenges.

As the partial government shutdown entered its 21st day Friday – one day from when it is set to become the longest such lapse in history Saturday, Trump remained focused on highlighting the border issue.

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