Trump says ready to declare national emergency as he visits Mexico border
US President Donald Trump has reiterated the idea of announcing a national emergency to build a wall along the Mexican border.
According to Press TV, 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 overreach, in which case the wall still could face being blocked.
However, the announcement would still give Trump political cover with his base by showing he'd done what he could.
At that point, Trump could end the partial government shutdown and declare himself as the winner of the standoff with congressional Democrats.
On Wednesday, Trump invited Democratic leaders to the White House but walked out of the meeting once they rejected his request to fund the wall.
"A total waste of time," Trump tweeted after the meeting. "I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"