Trump says he will declare an emergency on U.S.-Mexico border
(Adds Trump quote, background)
WASHINGTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said
on Friday he would declare a national emergency at the
U.S.-Mexico border, a move expected to plunge him into a fight
with Democrats over what they call an unconstitutional attempt
to fund a wall without approval from Congress.
"We're going to be signing, today, and registering a
national emergency and it's a great thing to do," Trump said
during an event in the White House Rose Garden.
Trump had demanded Congress include money for the wall, one
of his biggest 2016 campaign promises, in a funding bill
approved overwhelmingly by lawmakers on Thursday. That bill did
not give Trump the wall money he wanted, a legislative defeat
A national emergency, if not blocked by the courts or
Congress, would allow Trump to dip into funds lawmakers had
approved for other purposes in order to build a border wall.
Trump predicted the fight over the emergency order would
likely end up at the Supreme Court.
The Republican president's demand for $5.7 billion in
barrier funding, and the refusal of Democrats to provide it, led
to a record-long, 35-day December-January partial government
shutdown that hurt his opinion poll numbers.
Some of the president's fellow Republicans, while
sympathetic to his view that the southern border is in crisis,
have worried that the action steps into Congress' constitutional
authority to control the government's purse strings, a position
widely shared among Democrats.
Other Republicans have expressed concern that declaring an
emergency to achieve policy goals might set a dangerous
precedent, inspiring future Oval Office occupants to seize on
the tactic to bypass Congress.
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Tim Ahmann and
First Published: 2019-02-15 17:56:09
Updated 2019-02-15 18:11:45
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