Trump declares national emergency over border wall

Eli Ridder | Report

U.S. President Donald Trump made the move on Friday to declare a national emergency in a last-ditch effort to fund the southern border wall central to his 2016 presidential campaign.

The opposing Democratic Party said they would challenge the declaration, which circumvented Congress, as a violation of the United States Constitution.

The White House refuses to accept a stopgap funding bill to keep the government open unless it includes some $5.7 billion for a border wall and Democrats have remained defiant against what would be more walls on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The lack of movement from both sides caused a 35-day partial government shutdown that started last year and lasted into January. According to various polls, it hurt the Republican president more than Democrats.

Trump also signed off on a bipartisan spending bill on Friday to fund several agencies that would have otherwise closed on Saturday, marked as a legislative defeat to Congressional Democrats.

Image of Donald Trump from Twitter.

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