By The Blaze. President Donald Trump continued feeding the weeks of speculation about whether he would declare a national emergency to begin construction on his promised border wall in order to circumvent congressional approval.
The president hinted Friday that he might make the controversial announcement during the State of the Union speech as he spoke to reporters about wall that had already been built on the border. . .
“They’re starting to learn,” he explained. “We’re spending a lot of money that we have on hand. It’s like in a business, we have money on hand, and we’re building, I would say we have a hundred and fifteen miles of wall, maybe a little bit more than that very shortly.” . . .
The president has been threatening to use the emergency order in order to prevent Democrats from blocking funding to his border wall since before the partial government shutdown began.
(Read more from “Trump Hints at Big Announcement for the State of the Union on Immigration” HERE)
Trump Hints He’ll Discuss Border ‘Emergency’ at State of the Union
By Bloomberg. . .Trump once again called a congressional conference committee debating border security a “waste of time” and said his administration was proceeding with the construction of 115 miles of wall on the border with Mexico using money “on hand.” The conference committee is trying to agree to compromise legislation between Democrats, Republicans and the White House in order to avoid another government shutdown after Feb. 15.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to declare a national emergency on the border, which he says would allow him to transfer money from elsewhere in the government to build his promised border wall without congressional approval. House Democrats have threatened to sue over such a move. (Read more from “Trump Hints He’ll Discuss Border ‘Emergency’ at State of the Union” HERE)