'Good chance' he will declare emergency for wall money

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He said Trump has given a "clear signal" that he believes the border security negotiations are going to fall through, and he predicted that the president will indeed declare a national emergency to secure wall funding from the Defense Department or another federal department or agency.

Trump's announcement comes less than a week after he ended the longest government shutdown in American history by signing a temporary spending bill that expires in two weeks.

President Donald Trump gave his strongest indication yet Friday that he will soon declare a state of emergency, bypassing the need for congressional approval to fund a controversial US-Mexico border wall.

More on this as it develops.

The president is blaming former House Speaker Paul Ryan for not getting the border wall built while the GOP controlled both chambers of Congress.

This combination of file pictures created on January 17, 2019 shows a photo taken on January 9, 2019, of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in Washington, DC and a photo taken on January 14, 2019, of US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC. These protections were there until you chose to take them away, and so now you're going to come back and say I'll give them back to you for three years.

"We will be looking at a national emergency because I don't think anything's going to happen", Trump said.

And the pro-Trump America First operation - a super PAC and an affiliated nonprofit - raised more than $75 million in the 2018 cycle in its effort to boost Trump's policies and allies in Congress, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

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What's more, it would restrict any remaining unobligated funds from being used to build "physical barriers" in certain areas near wildlife refuges and historical parks.

Trump, as he often has, claimed erroneously that "Large sections of WALL have already been built with much more either under construction or ready to go". The U.S. government is paying for 14 out of 33 miles of borders and fencing in the Rio Grande Valley at a cost of $313 million, or around $22 million a mile, the AP reported.

Conferees are operating under a February 15 deadline to get a bill to Trump's desk that he can sign, or another partial government shutdown would begin. At other times, however, he says he will only accept a wall.

"Is there a place where enhanced Normandy fencing would work?" she asked, adding that members of the bipartisan conference committee should "have that discussion". Cornyn, a close adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said he has "absolute confidence" that such a declaration would be challenged in court, tying up the money, and said Congress might even vote to defy him.

"We're building the wall now", Trump said. "They understand what a humanitarian crisis it is".

"This is a true testament to President Trump's fulfillment of his promises made to the forgotten men and women of America", Michael Glassner, COO for the campaign, said in a statement.

Senate Republicans said they are eager to move beyond the threat of another shutdown and are hoping Trump will seal a deal.

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