POTUS Donald Trump Mulling National Emergency For Funding US- Mexico Border

DESPITE opposition, US President Donald Trump is determined   to build the proposed wall along US- Mexico border, even if necessary by declaring   a national emergency for funding the project. Confirming his determination in this regard, the White House says he will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown, but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said. Senior Democrats have responded by accusing him of committing a “gross abuse of power” and a “lawless act”, the BBC reported. The Congress passed the bill on Thursday which does not meet Trump’s demands for wall funding. It now has to be signed by the President to become law. The compromise legislation passed by Congress includes 1.3 billion US Dollars in funding for border security, including physical barriers, but it does not allot money towards the border wall for which Trump had sought 5.7 billion US Dollars.”The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Thursday. The POTUS would “take other executive action – including a national emergency – to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border”. Speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, however, Republican leader Mitch McConnell indicated his support for the move, saying the President was taking action with “whatever tools he can legally use to enhance his efforts to secure the border”. In a 83-16 vote, the Senate on Thursday passed the border security bill. The House of Representatives later also backed the measure, by 300 to 128.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has already suggested a legal challenge from Democrats should the President make an emergency declaration. Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer have in a joint statement condemned Trump’s move to declare national emergency saying such an action would be a gross abuse of the power and very dangerous precedent by the presidency

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