"If this doesn't work out, I probably will do it, I would nearly say definitely", the president said of a national emergency declaration when he visited the border in Texas last month, adding, "If we don't make a deal, I would say 100 percent, but I don't want to say 100 percent".
The country has been facing the threat of a second government shutdown in two months at midnight ET Friday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell disclosed Trump's intentions to declare a national emergency, shortly before the Senate approved the legislation that would provide funding for several major us agencies through September and include the barrier money.
Watch the video below:"It's important to note when the president declares this emergency, first of all, it's not an emergency what's happening at the border".
WOW. McConnell interuppted grassley speech to announce the vote and national emergency. What will happen once it's declared? He can do so at will. Why don't you declare that an emergency? "Some of those provisions include the ability to seize commodities or property; control production, transportation and communication; institute martial law or restrict travel, according to the report". Currently, 31 national emergencies are still ongoing, with the one restricting trade with Iran in place since 1979.
Notably, the word "wall", the heart of many a chant at Trump campaign events and his rallies as president, is absent from the compromise's 1,768-page legislative and descriptive language.
For instance, Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, invoked his executive power to declare an emergency 10 times.
"I'm disappointed, but not surprised, to see the president is once again exceeding his authority in violation of the Constitution", said Ferguson. He did say there's "no reason" for another government shutdown. "Where is the urgency?"
The source said White House lawyers had vetted the figures and believed they would withstand a legal challenge.
The White House said he'd sign the legislation but act on his own to get the rest, a move that prompted immediate condemnation from Democrats and threats of lawsuits from states and others who might lose federal money or said Mr Trump was abusing his authority.
"At that point people will sue and say this is not an emergency", she said.More news: Doctors demand humanitarian aid be allowed into Venezuela
Disputes over the constitutionality or legality of the exercise of emergency powers are judicially reviewable, the document prepared for Congress states.
Now that it's looking likely that Trump will exercise that power to build his dream wall along the US border with Mexico, you may be wondering what, if anything, Congress can do to stop him. The Democrat-controlled House is likely to try, but the Republican-controlled Senate might block the attempt to support Trump.
A possible target for fattening border wall funding would be the billions of dollars appropriated this year for military construction.
The president maintains that the wall is necessary to stem irregular immigration and drug trafficking.
Democrats have long resisted Trump's call for a wall.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday that Democrats will weigh their options for a response, including taking legal action.
And if this resolution is any indication, if the president wants to get his way he's largely going to have to find ways around Congress, not through it.
During a press conference about the bill, Pelosi said that the situation at the border is a humanitarian issue, not a national emergency. Pelosi said there was no crisis at the border with Mexico that requires a national emergency order. "The precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans".
The money is immediately available for use by the president, the aides said, but it will take some time to for him to spend it. Building a wall across the southern border will require lengthy negotiations with private landowners, they noted.
Under Trump, Congress has not authorized any funding for a wall.