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Trump: ‘Surprising’ if I Don’t Declare National Emergency for Wall

Thu Jan 10, 2019 AT 11:29 AM EDT

President Donald Trump on Thursday gave his strongest indication yet that he may declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Trump said it would be “surprising to me” if he did not make an emergency declaration if talks with Democrats fail.

“If this doesn’t work out, probably I will do it. I would almost say definitely,” Trump said.

Trump asserted that he has “the absolute right to declare a national emergency,” even though some legal scholars and Democrats say he lacks the power to do so.

But the president said his preference is still to work out a deal with Congress for wall funding. Read More at The Hill

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