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US President Donald Trump chairs a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 2, 2019. – President Donald Trump warned that the US federal government may not reopen any time soon, as he stood firm on his demand for billions of dollars in funding for a border wall with Mexico.
President Donald Trump on Friday said, “I think there’s a good chance we’ll have to” declare a national emergency in order to appropriate the funds to build his border wall.
Trump wouldn’t say he would definitely declare it, but he told reporters that such a declaration “does help the process.”
The remarks came as a specially created committee in Congress has two weeks to reach a compromise on border security before the current short term government funding bill expires on February 15.
Trump has so far drawn a hard line, saying he will not accept anything short of billions of dollars designated for the construction of a wall on the U.S. Mexico border.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has drawn a line, as well, telling reporters on Thursday, “there’s not going to be any wall money in the legislation.”
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