After triggering a partial shutdown of the government over the funding of his controversial Mexico wall, US President Donald Trump is now looking into declaring a national emergency to get the money, according to Vice President Mike Pence.
Pence told reporters on Monday that Trump and his team had “examined” the idea although they thought it was still possible to reach a deal through Congress.
“What I’m aware of is they’re looking at it and the President is considering it,” Pence told reporters at a press briefing alongside Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Office of Management and Budget acting director Russell Vought.
The president is scheduled to argue his case to the nation in a televised live speech on Tuesday night.
The comments came as the government shutdown over Democrats’ refusal to approve a $5.7 billion budget for Trump’s southern border wall entered its third week.
Congressional leaders have held…