Donald Trump will 'declare national emergency' to build Mexico border wall

Lawmakers Reach Shutdown Deal, But Will Trump Sign It?

The bipartisan deal, while supplying far less than the $5.7 billion that Mr. Trump had demanded to build a border wall, gives both parties political victories. The White House had attempted earlier this week to bolster support among Trump's media allies.

The bill faces votes in the Republican-led Senate and Democratic-controlled House of Representatives before going to Mr Trump.

Funding is due to expire for those agencies on Friday.

The announcement Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency over the southern border is very likely to rope in the Pentagon, as the White House seeks to divert military funds to build his long-promised wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

"The president is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Thursday.

Pelosi, Trump's Democratic nemesis, expressed disdain for the president's upcoming emergency declaration, warning that he was doing "an end run around Congress". But the aide says that money must be used in support of the armed forces and says it is unclear whether building a wall meets that condition.

For make no mistake, that is precisely what Mr. Trump will have done if he goes ahead with his plan.

That shutdown ended last month after Trump, his fellow Republicans and Democrats came to an agreement to open the government while talks continued on border security.

Declaring a national emergency allows the president to meet the problems of "governing effectively" in times of crisis.

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"So the president has his hand forced to sign a 1,159 page bill that we KNOW is filled with amnesty, PORK and wiggle room?" she asked indignantly on Twitter.

Mr McConnell urged senators to approve it as "a compromise that no side will view as a ideal deal".

An executive action declaring the nation is in a state of a national emergency is sure to meet legal challenges, something Republicans cautioned the president about in recent weeks.

But the top Democrat in Congress immediately denounced the president's move. But President Donald Trump has finally taken the face-saving, if constitutionally fraught, way out of budget negotiations that polls showed were battering his approval rating.

White House staff and congressional Republicans have said that besides an emergency, Trump might assert other authorities that could conceivably put him within reach of billions of dollars.

Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also chipped in: "Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor, called the legislation "a compromise that no side will view as a ideal deal", but he called it "a success for our bipartisan process" and reiterated his call for Trump to sign it.

Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota voted for it, as did Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, who is expected to join the field soon.

Legal experts have also questioned whether Trump could use the military to build the wall and whether there will be problems with the military, without congressional authorization, seizing private land along the border to build the wall.

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