The US President has again threatened to declare a national emergency in order to activate extraordinary powers. The measure would allow Trump to build and fund the wall, but would unleash an unprecedented political and legal war.
"I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency," Trump told reporters at the White House. "I'm not ready to do that just yet, but if I have to, I will. I would almost say yes. "
Declaring a national emergency would circumvent the powers of Congress, giving Trump the ability to allocate Defense Department funds for the construction of the wall. But Democrats would certainly try to block this decision through court appeals, paving the way for an end to the government shutdown.
Trump demands €5.7 billion (€5 billion) to build a wall along the Mexican border - the only way, he claims, to stop illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and the entry of terrorists into the country. But the House of Representatives, now a Democratic stronghold, has consistently refused - even when it was controlled by the GOP - to fund the project, whose total cost could amount to $25 billion.
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