Trump has US guess­ing over his wall

Fund­ing: Congress ‘given a chance’

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - WORLD NEWS -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has said he has “no idea” whether he can get a deal with House speaker Nancy Pelosi for his bor­der wall as the par­tial US gov­ern­ment shut­down slipped into the record books.

The pres­i­dent did not tip his hand at the week­end on whether he will move ahead with an emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion that could break the im­passe, free up money for his wall with­out con­gres­sional ap­proval, and kick off le­gal chal­lenges and a po­lit­i­cal storm over the use of that ex­tra­or­di­nary step.

A day ear­lier, he said he was not ready to do it “right now”.

Politi­cians are due back in Washington from their states and con­gres­sional dis­tricts in the new week.

Mr Trump fired off a se­ries of tweets push­ing back against the no­tion that he does not have a strat­egy to end what be­came the long­est gov­ern­ment shut­down in US his­tory when it en­tered its 22nd day on Satur­day.

“Elec­tions have con­se­quences!” he de­clared, re­fer­ring to the 2016 elec­tion in which “I promised safety and se­cu­rity” and, as part of that, a bor­der wall.

Mr Trump threat­ened anew that the shut­down could con­tinue in­def­i­nitely as the Democrats, who now con­trol the House, refuse to give him money for the wall.

Later on Satur­day, he tele­phoned Fox News Chan­nel’s Jus­tice with Judge Jea­nine Pirro from the White House.

Ms Pirro pressed Mr Trump on why he had yet to de­clare a na­tional emer­gency.

He said he was giv­ing Congress a chance to “act re­spon­si­bly”.

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