Donald Trump Cancels Davos Trip Over US-Mexico Border Wall Row

Sergio Conner
January 11, 2019

If Congress doesn't make a deal, Mr. Trump said "it would be very surprising" if he didn't declare such a national emergency. "We shouldn't have to", Trump told reporters. "This is just common sense".

Such a step would likely prompt an immediate legal challenge over constitutional powers from congressional Democrats - a challenge Trump said he would win. Congressional Democrats oppose that. As a side-effect of the row, swaths of the U.S. government are temporarily closed, leaving more than 800,000 employees without pay. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump abruptly left a meeting after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would not fund the wall.

"I find China, frankly, in many ways to be far more honorable than Crying Chuck and Nancy".

Once the House passes its own bill, President Trump will sign it, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in calling the measure to a voice vote. On Thursday, the House passed a spending bill to fund the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, with eight Republicans joining Democrats to approve the bill.

President Trump announced the cancellation of his upcoming trip to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, due to the partial government shutdown.

The Washington Post suggested the White House was laying the groundwork for declaring an emergency that would let Trump build sections of a wall, possibly using funds from the Army Corps of Engineers.

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"Somebody's got to like get some energy to fix this", he said.

"I think we should do it legislatively", Jordan told reporters, "because if [Trump] goes the emergency route, I'm convinced it's going to wind up in court". "I'm not prepared to endorse that right now".

The declaration would circumvent Congress' power over the national purse strings.

Update: Sen. Graham called on President Trump to declare a national emergency to fund the wall Thursday evening.

"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border", he declared on June 16, 2015 at Trump Tower in NY. "I should have, but I didn't smash the table", he told reporters on Thursday outside the White House.

"I don't even know if the president wants the wall, he just wants the debate", Pelosi said. About half of them are deemed "essential" to national security, like prison guards and airport security screeners - and have to continue working. He added, "The political stunts are not going to get us anywhere".

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