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March 21, 2019

President Trump tells Hannity he could declare emergency over border wall in ‘next few days’

January 11, 2019
President Trump visited the southern border Thursday. (Evan Vucci / AP)

President Trump said he may declare a national emergency in the “next few days” to free up taxpayer money to build his border wall.

During an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity from the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump insisted he has “the absolute right to declare a national emergency” in order to circumvent Congress to get the $5.7 billion he wants for the wall.

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Trump — who promised in his 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall — is now demanding taxpayer money for the job.

Democrats won’t go along with his request. Trump has rejected bipartisan efforts in Congress — including a Senate bill passed last month — to fund the government by passing spending bills without wall funding.

Declaring a national emergency would give Trump several options to get money for the wall.

“Look, we’re not going anywhere. We are not changing our mind because there is nothing to change your mind about,” Trump told Hannity.

“The wall works,” he insisted. “It’s not a question like maybe it won’t work. It will work 100%.”

“If we don’t have a steel or concrete barrier, we’re all wasting a lot of time.”

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