Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman Associated Press Published 4:42 PM EST Jan 10, 2019 Washington – President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress if he can’t reach a deal with Democrats to fund his promised border wall. He spent most of the day in Texas near the U.S.-Mexico border to draw further attention to his case after negotiations with lawmakers blew up. The partial government shutdown dragged into a 20th day with hundreds of thousands of federal workers off the job or working without pay as the wall fight persisted. Asked about a national emergency declaration, Trump said as he left the White House, “I’m not prepared to do that yet, but if I have to I will.” He contends such a declaration would allow him to direct the military to begin wall construction. “So we’re either going to have a win, make a compromise –because I think a compromise is a win for everybody– or I will declare a national emergency,” he said. In perhaps an ominous sign for those seeking a swift end to the showdown, Trump announced he was canceling his trip to Davos, Switzerland, later this month,… Read full this story
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