Donald Trump threatens emergency powers to pay for wall

No end for government shutdown in sight

President Trump walked out of a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House negotiating border security funding and government shutdown, calling it "a total waste of time". He's gonna declare an emergency.

"The president stomped out of the meeting", Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol Wednesday afternoon. "This is just common sense". However, many have argued that the move's legality is questionable and would be challenged.

"I had an opportunity to talk to the president a few moments ago, and wanted to indicate to our colleagues that he will sign the bill that we are discussing here to guarantee that government workers who've been displaced because of the shutdown will ultimately be compensated", McConnell said on the Senate floor. Congressional Democrats oppose that.

The standoff has left a quarter of the federal government closed down and hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay.

Senate Democratic Whip Richard J. Durbin met with Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Wednesday morning to warn him about a national emergency, which budget and legal experts say would allow Trump to access already appropriated but "unobligated" Pentagon dollars for the border barrier project.

"I find China, frankly, in many ways to be far more honorable than Crying Chuck and Nancy". "The Democrats are apparently not going to negotiate until the government is open, and if you even open the government, the House isn't going to negotiate about funding for the wall".

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"I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum", he said in a tweet.

"I have never been more depressed about moving forward than right now".

"I think the way out has been apparent for several weeks", he told reporters. "I'm not prepared to do that yet, but if I have to, I will".

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

The Washington Post, citing two unnamed sources, reported that 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.

Trump is to visit a border patrol station and receive a briefing on border security. "But it might be the only way out of this", Manchin told reporters Thursday about an emergency declaration.

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