He went on to say past administrations should have built a steel barrier or wall: "They never got it done -I will".
Some see an emergency declaration as a face-saving way out of the spending stalemate that has shuttered parts of the federal government for the last three weeks.
Of the 800,000 federal employees affected, about 350,000 are furloughed - a kind of temporary lay-off - while the rest are continuing to work. Like almost all drugs trafficked across the border, they were intercepted by agents at official ports of entry, he was told, and not in the remote areas where he wants to extend tall barriers.
Citing anonymous sources, several major media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, are reporting that the president has been briefed on a plan that would use the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and up to $13.9 billion earmarked for civil projects in areas devastated by disasters to fund the construction of a 315-mile wall.
Of course, this met two immediate obstacles: Trump, who said "I want a guaranteed wall", and Nancy Pelosi, who said, "there will be no wall".
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UNHCR has been following developments closely and immediately sought access from the Thai authorities to meet with Ms. I love life and work and I am very ambitious but my family is preventing me from living".
Officials have estimated that roughly one-quarter to one-third of the money, or $2.5 billion to $3 billion, could be available - less than the $5.7 billion Trump is seeking.
Trump delivered a prime-time address to the nation on Tuesday night where he warned of a "crisis" at the southern border with Mexico, and on Thursday, he made a visit to the border. Trump said Thursday that his lawyers have told him he has the "absolute right". Other Republicans have cautioned against the move, and Democrats have threatened immediate action.
"If they drag the money out of here", Simpson said in an interview late Thursday, "a lot of members will have problem with it".
"I often said during rallies, with little variation, that 'Mexico will pay for the Wall.' We have just signed a great new Trade Deal with Mexico". "Siphoning funding from real disasters to pay for a crisis manufactured by the president is wholly unacceptable and the American people won't fall for it". Why are you rejecting it at the expense of the health, safety and well being of the American people?
Another Twitter user, Cat Heifner, shared what she said was her brother's payslip which showed that he had been paid one cent for his work as an air traffic controller.