Trump says he will not be declaring a national emergency 'right now'

President Donald Trump speaks to the media en route for a trip to the border in Texas as the government shutdown continues

Jacquelyn Martin President Donald Trump speaks to the media en route for a trip to the border in Texas as the government shutdown continues

On the legal side, Trump clearly has the authority to declare a national emergency, but only in the case of an actual crisis.

"Other presidents have called many national emergencies for things of lesser importance, frankly, than this, ' Trump said on Saturday night in a live telephone interview with Fox News" Jeanine Pirro.

The partial United States government shutdown entered a record 22nd day Saturday, as President Donald Trump remains steadfast in his demand for $5.7 billion to build a Mexico border wall and Democrats in Congress determined to refuse the funds.

A declaration would allow Trump to spend the money without congressional approval. But I want to give them [Democrats] a chance to see if they can act responsibly'.

NBC News reported on Thursday that Mr Trump had been briefed on such a plan but the White House denied it. We'll do a national emergency. "I'm kind of just sitting and staring at the wall and trying not to lose my mind", she said.

Menendez concluded his letter by posing six questions to the Trump administration about whether they still stood by their September report and, if not, whether they had taken the necessary measures to update America's security.

"Meaning, we saw an influx in family units and unaccompanied minors", Morgan said.

Those House measures die in the Republican-controlled Senate, however, as McConnell continues his refusal to reopen the coffers until Trump gets his border wall cash.

The White House has requested $5 billion funding for the wall, which it claims is essential for national security and humanitarian reasons, but Democrats claim the wall is a political stunt, and have offered $1.3 billion for additional border security funding.

The Independent San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz has been critical of President Donald Trump's response to disasters in Puerto Rico.

'They're not acting, and they're the ones that are holding it up.

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"We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work", he tweeted. "I don't care what they name it".

"We know that roughly, almost 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News, "and we know that our most vulnerable point of entry is at our southern border".

Trump's last visit to one of his resort properties came over Thanksgiving weekend.

Politicians are due back in Washington from their states and congressional districts in the new week. Democrats oppose that step but may be unable to stop it.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill objected to the administration eyeing shifting unspent disaster funding Congress approved a year ago for Army Corps of Engineer projects to help hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, Texas and other areas to pay for the wall.

But there was another election, in November, and the outcome of that is that Democrats now control the House and they refuse to give Trump money for a wall. The White House also was eyeing military construction money, another politically hard choice because it would take away from a backlog of hundreds of projects.

Some of the outside advisers who want him to declare a national emergency say it could have two benefits. This, as polls suggest Trump is getting most of the blame for the shutdown.

Philip Rucker, the White House bureau chief at the Washington Post, went on to say that Trump's latest tweets about the shutdown appeared to be in response to Rucker's appearance on NBC's Today Saturday morning.

"We have a country that's under siege", he told the local officials in the White House. "Yes", Meadows told reporters this week. Declaring a national emergency over it with little information to suggest the security situation has dramatically changed could prove hard to defend in court. It would allow him to tap unspent Defense dollars to pay for construction.

Some of Trump's fellow Republicans are warning against a disaster declaration, saying it would undercut Congress's power under the U.S. Constitution to control government spending - and make it easier for a future Democratic president to bypass Capitol Hill. 'But those same conservatives, I'm sure if it's deployed, would embrace him as having done all he could do to negotiate with Democrats'.

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