Trump’s Declaration Of National Emergency Would Not Be Unprecedented


Donald Trump is not expected to declare a national emergency during his prime-time address on Tuesday, three sources familiar with the matter told CNN, a possibility the President has floated in recent days. "I know I've seen clips of previous presidents talking about the importance of border security, the importance of addressing the issue of illegal immigration".

Trump announced his plan for the 9 p.m. ET Tuesday address via Twitter.

Democrats and several immigration advocates have argued the administration's representation of the issue is inaccurate, and accused them of manufacturing a crisis for the political goal of building the border wall, which Trump campaigned for as a presidential candidate in 2016.

On the day Pelosi was sworn in last week, House Democrats approved a stopgap spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would not allocate any new wall funding - though the legislation was dead on arrival in the Senate.

Trump made his unsupported claim on Friday during an appearance in the White House Rose Garden, in which he reiterated that he would not reopen the government until Democrats approved his $5.6 billion earmarked for the wall.

On Monday the White House requested air time for the speech, as is customary in the relationship between a president and the press.

The funding stalemate has shut down a fourth of the federal government, impacting 800,000 employees, either furloughed or working without pay.

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"The passion you hear from President Trump, his determination to take this case to the American people, as he will tonight in his national broadcast from the Oval Office, comes from this president's deep desire to do his job to protect the American people", Pence said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America". Trump has dismissed that fencing as a "nothing wall".

"Democrats want to secure the border?"

Trump's speech on Tuesday night will be followed by his visit Thursday to the southern border. Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer says Tuesday that "in another context, we would call that an act of kidnapping or terrorism".

Trump said Sunday he bent to Democrats' demand that the barrier be made of steel, which he said will be stronger and less obtrusive. The White House said money was not discussed in depth, but the administration was clear about the need for a wall and the goal of resolving the shutdown all at once, not piecemeal. "Some of them have told me that we should have done it", Trump said.

-Mexican border. An impasse over his demand for wall funds resulted in a partial government shutdown, now in its third week.

His administration and Congress are deadlocked on funding the barrier.

"Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans in Congress have repeatedly urged the President and Leader McConnell to end the Trump Shutdown and re-open the government while Congress debates the President's expensive and ineffective wall", they wrote.