Trump: 'Good Chance' National Emergency Will be Declared to Build Wall
President could divert wall funds during the five-week government shutdown
Following Nancy Pelosi's refusal to negotiate with Donald Trump's proposed border wall the President said on Friday there is a “good chance” he will declare a national emergency to have the wall constructed.
“I think there’s a good chance we’ll have to do that,” Trump referring to the emergency declaration.
Trump was speaking on the subject of human trafficking during an event at the White House.
The President proposed the likelihood of declaring a national emergency to divert funds to build the wall during the five-week government shutdown.
The still Democrats remain at an impasse over wall funding.
Trump also add he wanted Congress to reach an agreement on money for the wall instead of the last resort of issuing the emergency declaration.
Last week, the President signed legislation that ended the e five-week government shutdown.
House and Senate negotiators have until the 15th of February to finalize an immigration deal before funding lapses again
But Trump threatened that if the Democrats failed to compose, he would declare a national emergency, allowing him to bypass Congress altogether.
The president suggested he was less than optimistic that congressional negotiations would bring a deal for the wall.
“We will be looking at a national emergency because I don't like anything's going to happen. I think the Democrats don't want border security,” he said.
“When I hear them talking about the fact that walls are immoral and walls don't work, they know they work.”
Last week, CNN reported on Trump's preparations for declaring a national emergency and draft $7 billion to fund construction of the wall along the Southern Border,
The CNN report asserts that under the draft plan, over $7B could be designated to build a barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border.
CNN cites, what it claims, is a piece of the draft presidential proclamation.
“The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency,” the proclamation reportedly states.
But a national emergency to circumvent Congress would immediately face a court challenge.
Trump said he is not concerned about legal action, but said a lawsuit would be likey before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the country's most liberal appeals court.
"We have a very, very strong legal standing," Trump said.
"It would be very hard to do that."
Trump said Americans would hear more about the emergency declaration when he delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
"Listen closely to the State of the Union," he told reporters.