Trump says no emergency declaration
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.