Mercedes Schlapp weighs the options of a national emergency if the border wall keeps at a stalemate

Written by on January 25, 2019

Mercedes Schlapp weighs the options of a national emergency if the border wall keeps at a stalemate

TIJUANA, MEXICO – JANUARY 28: A mural dedicated to deported U.S. veterans is painted on the Mexican side of the U.S. border on January 28, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico. The U.S. government had been partially shut down as President Donald Trump battled congress for $5.7 billion to build walls along the U.S. border with Mexico. Despite President Trump agreeing to end the shutdown, the debate over border wall funding and other immigration issues continues. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mercedes Schlapp, the White House director of strategic communications, told Fox News on Thursday that President Trump is considering the option to declare a national emergency to force the construction of his long-promised border wall.

The move– which would certainly draw a legal fight– could, in theory, allow the president to circumvent Congress and end the budget stalemate. Trump has said he wanted $5.6 billion for the project.

 


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