US President Donald Trump has reiterated the idea of announcing a national emergency to build a wall along the Mexican border.
Trump visited the border on Thursday, 20 days into a partial shutdown of the federal government over Democrats’ refusal to give him $5.7 billion to begin constructing the controversial barrier.
Speaking to reporters in McAllen, southern Texas, Trump once again said he would use his emergency powers to fund the wall if he could not reach a deal in Congress.
“If this doesn’t work out, I’ll probably will do it, maybe definitely,” he said.
Earlier media reports said that Trump had been mulling the idea of declaring national emergency for a while.
Trump claims that the US is under threat along its southern border, insisting that the nation urgently needs the wall to stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
Analysts say the announcement would likely be challenged in court as a case of presidential…