Trump has no plans ‘right now’ to declare emergency for border wall: report

President Donald Trump is scaling back talk of declaring an emergency in order to direct federal money to build an extensive barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border, The Washington Post reported Friday (Jan. 11). For days, he had increasingly mentioned the option if Congress continued to deny his request to provide $5.7 billion for the border wall.

“What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency,” Trump said Friday afternoon at the White House. “I’m not going to do it so fast.”

The impasse over the border wall has ensured a partial shutdown of the federal government, involving some 800,000 employees on furlough on working without pay, will stretch into a fourth week. The emergency declaration appeared to give the president an option to avoid conceding to House Democrats.

Trump had gone so far as to order the Defense Department to find sources to finance the border wall. Officials responded with a plan to pull money from Army Corps of Engineers projects for flood risk reduction and hurricane recovery.

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