Trump Threatens National Emergency If He Doesn't Get His Border Wall

Sen. Marco Rubio: National Emergency Move Could Hurt GOP

Sen. Marco Rubio: National Emergency Move Could Hurt GOP

Now that the partial shutdown of the federal government has become the longest in American history, and with no end in sight as President Donald Trump and House Democrats dig in over his proposal for a border wall, it's worth revisiting who is likely to pay a political price.

Signalling he's ready to maintain the game of brinksmanship, Trump tweeted on arrival in Texas that he will scrap a visit to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which runs from January 21-25.

While a national emergency would provide some legal framework for his administration to freely move funds toward construction of a barrier, it would nearly certainly face court challenges. He again implied that illegal immigration automatically breeds higher crime rates and said of the opposition party: "They have gone insane".

Critics argue that, if the deal does go into effect, funds would be absorbed by private enterprises instead of the government - a direct refutation of Trump's claim, according to Politico.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to speculate too much about what would happen if the president if the president follows through on his threat."Let's see what he decides to do", she said.

"I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency, the lawyers have so advised me", he said Thursday morning outside the White House.

Trump, who revels in telling stories about his negotiating skills as a NY real estate magnate, has not managed to get the Democrats to budge on his demand for the $5.7 billion.

Wednesday's dramatic showdown between Donald Trump and Democratic leaders and the president's defiant PR trip to the border the following day seemed to confirm observers' fears: a breakthrough in negotiations to end one of the longest shutdowns in United States history is far from imminent.

Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, told journalists Trump "sort of slammed the table", then "got up and walked out".

"It's not going to change a damn thing, but I'm still doing it", President Trump said of the border visit during a meeting between the President and network anchors Tuesday afternoon. "That is a lie".

But Lieu said "21st century technology, human resources, other assets to better secure our border - I think that's where we're having the conflict".

On Thursday, US media reported the White House had asked the Army Corps of Engineers to look into the possibility of diverting funds allocated for relief projects in areas damaged by natural disasters, such as Puerto Rico and Florida.

Just across the Rio Grande, in the Mexican city of Reynosa, a dozen recent deportees and US-bound migrants gathered near a cross that memorialized dead migrants.

Yanira de Hernandez, a 52-year-old Salvadoran migrant who hopes to get to U.S. soil from Mexico, said she simply dreams of a better life in a country built on immigration.

Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham, a Trump ally, said he doesn't know what the path forward here is.

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