What happens if Trump declares national emergency at the border?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats plan to move forward with bills to fund the government- but not Presid

Taking the shutdown fight to the Mexican border, President Donald Trump edged closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an extraordinary end run around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers now face lost paychecks on Friday. Democrats in Congress have refused to approve a spending bill that includes the $5.7 billion Trump has demanded for the wall. Republicans on Capitol Hill are split on the issue.

The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to comb through its budget in search of money for the wall, including looking at $13.9 billion in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico, Texas and more than a dozen other states. That's according to a congressional aide and administration official familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. "If this doesn't work out, I probably will do it, I would nearly say definitely", Mr. Trump told reporters, adding later, "If we don't make a deal, I would say 100 percent but I don't want to say 100 percent". He wore his campaign-slogan "Make America Great Again" cap throughout. Trump said his lawyers had told him the action would withstand legal scrutiny "100 percent".

But he also said he wouldn't oppose the move as long as the money was immediately replaced. The president is expected to sign the legislation. Pence panned, for now, a last-ditch effort led by GOP Sen. "I said they're going to pay for it".

Visiting a border patrol station in McAllen, Trump viewed tables piled with weapons and narcotics.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the report of Trump's plans left city and county officials "scrambling to figure out how local flood control plans would be affected" by the White House proposal, a year and a half after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Houston. "Nothing like a wall".

"We can declare a national emergency". "What is manufactured is the use of the word 'manufactured, '" Trump said.

Despite this, however, a source close to the president told The Daily Caller "he doesn't give a damn" broadly about the effects of the shutdown because the wall is an existential delivery both politically and for US security.

PHOTO: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, speaks following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Jan. 9, 2019.

Trump tweeted that he will not attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this month "because of the Democrats' intransigence on border security". He was to leave January 21 to attend the World Economic Forum.

Graham's comments came on the 20th day of the partial government shutdown.

This article was written by Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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