President Donald Trump threatened Sunday to declare a national emergency in the “next few days” as a ploy to secure money for his long-promised border wall.
“I may declare a national emergency dependent on what’s going to happen over the next few days,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for Camp David.
A White House official told CNN on Saturday that the president “was leaning towards declaring a national emergency to use military funding for his wall.”
NEW: Pres. Trump speaks to possibility of declaring a national emergency ahead of meetings with senior White House staff at Camp David: "I may declare a national emergency dependent on what's going to happen on the next few days." https://t.co/n7cpFSlMwt pic.twitter.com/0hRQco62jA
— ABC News (@ABC) January 6, 2019
Trump’s threat comes as negotiations between Congressional Democrats, Republican lawmakers, and the president are at a deadlock over his demand for $5.6 billion to build what he insists is an actual “wall” along the U.S./Mexico border. Trump has vowed to keep the federal government closed for months or even years until lawmakers meet his demands.
Since first floating the idea of a national emergency declaration on Friday, legal experts have argued that he has no constitutional authority to do so.
More on what @costareports is hearing – Trump has been talking about it for several days, and White House counsel's office has taken a look at what is possible since the shutdown began and Trump revived talk of this inside White House. https://t.co/3KiZdOnOrY
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 5, 2019