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Trump threatens emergency declaration for border if shutdown talks stall: ‘We might go that route’

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is still considering a declaration of a national emergency on the southern border if talks with Democrats fail to yield a deal on funding for the wall he is demanding.

He told reporters he thought that he and Democrats might work out a deal but he said an emergency declaration would be an alternative means of freeing up the funding.

“We might go that route,” he said.

Trump and lawmakers from both parties planned to resume negotiations Wednesday to end the partial government shutdown, while the Democratic-led House was planning to pass bills aimed at reopening parts of the federal government. But those bill were likely to be rejected by the Republican-led Senate.

On the 19th day of the shutdown – now the second longest in U.S. history – Trump has an afternoon meeting at the White House with congressional leaders a day after making a prime-time appeal to Democrats to sign onto his $5.7 billion plan for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trash on the National Mall in Washington on the fifth day of a partial federal shutdown on Dec. 26, 2018.
Jim Lo Scalzo

Contributing: Deborah Barfield Berry, Michael Collins, Trevor Hughes

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