Trump edges closer to declaring national emergency to fund border wall

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  • White House attorneys and allies prepare groundwork
  • Trump says declaration would ‘100%’ withstand scrutiny

Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find a solution to the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.

Trump was consulting White House attorneys and allies about declaring a national emergency, and using presidential emergency powers to take unilateral action to construct the wall over the objections of Congress. He claimed his lawyers told him the action would withstand legal scrutiny “100%”.

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