Trump says he could use emergency powers to build border wall

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  Evan Vucci | AP  President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Wednesday Jan. 2 2019 in Washington

Evan Vucci | AP Evan Vucci | AP President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Wednesday Jan. 2 2019 in Washington

In a Rose Garden meeting with reporters on Friday, President Trump claimed that he could grant himself emergency powers to build his southern border wall if necessary. Nearly certainly, Trump would be charged with abusing his power, or impeachment articles would be drafted and passed onto the senate, where Republicans would be forced to come to Trump's aid or else finally denounce the party's embarrassment of a leader-unless this rock-solid argument persuaded them otherwise. Trump says he will not support a bill to fully fund the government until he secures the money for the wall.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the specifics of the briefing.

President Donald Trump threatened to keep the U.S. government partially shut for months or years on Friday after he and Democratic leaders failed to resolve their dispute over Trump's request for $5.6 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border. As a result, around 800,000 public workers have been unpaid, with about a quarter of the federal government closed for two weeks.

On the first day of the new session of Congress on Thursday, the House passed a spending bill package that would reopen the government by funding the closed portions through September 30, minus DHS, which would only be funded through February 8.

"The fact is, a wall is an immorality", Pelosi continued, standing firmly against the president's push for border wall funding.

President Trump says he might declare a national emergency and order the military to build his wall.

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"Congressman Hunter believes President Trump needs to stand strong on the issue of border security and his description of it as a "national emergency" means he has a firm grasp of its importance".

Congress has adjourned until Tuesday, meaning the shutdown will last into next week.

The U.S. Constitution assigns Congress the power to fund the federal government, so Trump likely would face legal challenges if he tried to bypass Congress on financing the wall.

Trump is set to meet top Democratic lawmakers Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in a bid to break the long impasse.

The partial shutdown is straining the country's immigration system, worsening backlogs in courts and complicating hiring for employers.

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