President Donald Trump has again threatened to declare a national emergency along the border with Mexico as he seeks funding for a wall he says will keep out dangerous immigrants — his latest jab in a fight with Democrats in Congress that has now shut down parts of the government for a record-tying 21 days.
“We can declare a national emergency. We shouldn’t have to,” Trump told reporters. “This is just common sense.” Such a step would likely prompt an immediate legal challenge over constitutional powers from congressional Democrats – a challenge Trump said he would win. Speaking to Fox News in an interview broadcast Thursday evening, Trump reiterated he had “the absolute right to declare a national emergency.”
But pressed on a timeline for doing so, he said he would “see what happens” over the coming days. “They just go where there´s no security and you don´t even know the difference between Mexico and the United States,” he told a meeting of border patrol officers. “They have women tied up, they have tape over their mouths, electrical tape.” “If we had a barrier of any kind, a powerful barrier, whether its steel or concrete…, we would stop it cold,” Trump said
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