Trump says no emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Wash­ing­ton, US - US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said he was hold­ing off on declar­ing a state of emer­gency to end the par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down that dragged into a 23rd day on Sun­day, as he in­sisted on US$5.7bn to build a Mex­ico bor­der wall that con­gres­sional Democrats op­pose.

Asked by Fox News why he didn’t im­me­di­ately de­clare a na­tional emer­gency to se­cure the funds without con­gres­sional ap­proval, Trump said he wanted to give op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic law­mak­ers more time to strike a deal.

“I want to give them the chance to see if they can act re­spon­si­bly,” he told Fox in an in­ter­view on Sat­ur­day.

The US gov­ern­ment shut­down be­came the long­est on record at mid­night on Fri­day, when it over­took a 21-day stretch in 1995-1996 un­der pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton.

Trump fired off a se­ries of tweets in an ef­fort to de­fend his stance and goad Democrats.

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