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Can Trump ‘Emergency’ Turn Border Wall Into Military Construction Project?

Can Trump ‘Emergency’ Turn Border Wall Into Military Construction Project? By Jil Colvin – Associated Press

The Trump administration is weighing using a national emergency declaration to circumvent Congress and the budget stalemate and force construction of the president’s long-promised southern border wall.

 

"We're looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency," President Donald Trump told reporters Sunday amid stalled negotiations. He said during a press conference Friday that he would prefer to win the money he's demanding via Congress, but could "absolutely" call an emergency "and build it very quickly."

 

Such a move would be a dramatic escalation of the current showdown, which has forced a partial government shutdown that’s now in its third week…

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