Donald Trump declares national emergency to bypass Congress over border wall funds

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Published: February 15, 2019 10:09:23 PM

If not blocked by the courts or Congress, the national emergency would allow Trump to dip into funds lawmakers had approved for other purposes to build a border wall.

It was approved overwhelmingly by Congress late on Thursday without the wall money he wanted, a legislative defeat for him.
President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to get money to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Trump had demanded Congress include money for the wall, one of his biggest 2016 campaign promises, in a funding bill he was expected to sign either later on Friday or Saturday. It was approved overwhelmingly by Congress late on Thursday without the wall money he wanted, a legislative defeat for him.

If not blocked by the courts or Congress, the national emergency would allow Trump to dip into funds lawmakers had approved for other purposes to build a border wall.

President Donald Trump announced on Friday he would declare a national emergency in order to get money to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.


Trump had demanded Congress include money for the wall, one of his biggest 2016 campaign promises, in a funding bill he was expected to sign either later on Friday or Saturday. It was approved overwhelmingly by Congress late on Thursday without the wall money he wanted, a legislative defeat for him.

If not blocked by the courts or Congress, the national emergency would allow Trump to dip into funds lawmakers had approved for other purposes to build a border wall. 

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