Trump Teases Imminent National Emergency Declaration To Fund Border Wall

Monday, February 4, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Mon, 02/04/2019

President Trump has been dropping hints all weekend that he’s about to declare a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has refused to budge on a compromise.

With just eleven days to go until stopgap government funding expires and another partial government shutdown begins, Trump has called the negotiations a waste of time, and that people should “listen closely” to his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

When the talks began last week, Democrats offered no new money for border barriers and Republicans were still seeking $5.7 billion for a wall. They suggested an openness to border fencing, but not the wall Trump made a centerpiece of his presidential campaign. For lawmakers in the talks, Trump and Pelosi are proving the biggest obstacles to a compromise. -Bloomberg

When asked on Friday if he’s likely to declare a national emergency, Trump said “I think there’s a good chance that we’ll have to do that. But we will at the same time be building, regardless, we’re building a wall. And we’re building a lot of wall. But I can do it a lot faster the other way.”

Trump then suggested that people tune in on Tuesday:

“Well, I’m saying listen closely to the State of the Union,” Trump said, adding. “I think you’ll find it very exciting.”

Last week Trump floated the idea of a national emergency in an interview with the New York Times.

“I’ll continue to build the wall and we’ll get the wall finished … Now whether or not I declare a national emergency — that you’ll see.”

During an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Trump continued to make the case for overriding Pelosi.

“It’s national emergency, it’s other things and you know there have been plenty national emergencies called,” he said.

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