President Trump is considering declaring a national emergency to redirect funds from the Department of Defense and elsewhere to fund the border wall.
Via ABC News:
Sources tell ABC News the discussions are still on the “working level” adding that there’s a range of legal mechanisms that are being considered before such a decision is announced.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) emerged from a meeting with the President Friday and said Trump threatened to keep the government shut down for a long period of time — months or even years.
The Democrats are refusing to fund the border wall.
In a presser at the Rose Garden, President Trump confirmed he told Schumer during their meeting over the government shutdown that it could go on for months or even years.
The President revealed that he had considered declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funding and said, “I still might.”
The Trump administration will continue to hold meetings Friday and into the weekend to discuss the next steps going forward although it is unclear who would be a part of the ongoing meetings.
President Trump also told reporters Friday that he had a “very, very good meeting” with top Democrats and other Congressional leaders.
House Democrats passed a bill to reopen the government late Thursday night — of course this was just more showboating from the obstructionists because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell repeatedly stated he would not bring a vote on a Democrat bill that the President won’t sign.