Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump teases national emergency declaration could come during SOTU

Trump teases national emergency declaration could come during SOTU

"I don't think Democrats want border security. But based on what I hear and based on what I read, they don't want to give money for the wall".

Mr Trump wrote that Democrats "are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL".

US President Donald Trump has said he is getting closer to declaring a national emergency to secure funding for a wall along the country's southern Mexico border to prevent illegal immigrants from entering America.

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 United States government until 15 February, thus enabling almost 800,000 employees to return to work and receive delayed payment. "We haven't declared the national emergency yet, but we're building the wall".

"President Trump's recklessness didn't make us safer, it undermined our security with 35 days of border patrol agents, Drug Enforcement Administration agents, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Homeland Security personnel missing paychecks", said Drew Hammill, her spokesman.

Trump, who in recent weeks has expressed indifference to whether the term "wall" or something else is used, clung with renewed tenacity to the word that became his campaign mantra, declaring "A wall is a wall". Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said.

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President Donald Trump unleashed on Nancy Pelosi in a CBS News interview set to air before the Super Bowl, calling the House Speaker "bad for our country" and accusing her of causing deaths with her opposition to his proposed border wall. "I think she's doing a tremendous disservice to the country". "She knows that you need a barrier".

A defense official confirmed that the Pentagon was sending 3,500 additional active-duty troops to the border, for a total of 5,800 active-duty troops and 2,300 National Guard troops supporting the Department of Homeland Security's request for additional border security.

Meanwhile, the U.S. president also reverses course, claiming he and the American intelligence community are "in agreement" after branding them "naive" and in need of schooling the day before. "Wall is already being built, I don't expect much help!" "She doesn't mind human trafficking or she wouldn't do this", Trump added.

Trump's "abject humiliation" was inevitable, says Michael Gerson in The Washington Post. "It's a tremendously big money-maker for some very, very bad people", Trump said.

At various times, Trump has called the barriers at the border an impenetrable concrete wall, and other times "steel slats", or a see-through barrier. "She wanted to win a political point".

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