Trump threatens to declare national emergency to get funding for border wall: 'I may do it'
President Donald Trump attended a press briefing in the Rose Garden after a two-hour meeting with Democratic leaders concerning the ongoing government shutdown
President Donald Trump on Friday said that he could take alternative measures, including declaring a national emergency in an effort to bypass Congress to get his long-promised border wall constructed. The Republican also reportedly warned that the ongoing government shutdown could last for months or even years if the Democrats do not agree to his border wall funding demands.
Trump, during a briefing in the Rose Garden after a two-hour meeting with Democratic leaders, said: "Absolutely, we can call a national emergency. I may do it. We can call a national emergency and build it very quickly," warning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer that he was not backing off from his border wall demands.
The meeting was held concerning the ongoing government shutdown which was imposed after Democrats refused to allow $5 billion to be put in the Congressional budget for Trump's controversial wall on the Mexico border which he promised to build in an effort to keep illegal immigrants at bay.
WATCH: President Trump says he is considering declaring a national emergency as a potential attempt to circumvent Congress for border wall funding. pic.twitter.com/7CYDuBS2pn— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 4, 2019
The president also added that he could even seize private property from people who own land on the border “under the military version” of eminent domain. The particular law allows the government to seize private property for public or private development.
House Speaker Pelosi reportedly described the meeting with Trump as "contentious" at times, while Schumer said that the president has warned parts of government could remain shut for years, according to the New York Post.
“We told the president we needed the government open. He resisted. In fact, he said he would keep it closed for a very long period of time, months or even years," Schumer Said.
The Republican confirmed Schumer's statement during the briefing and said: "I did say that, absolutely I said that. I don’t think it will, but I am prepared... I hope it doesn’t go on even beyond a few more days. It really could open very quickly."
When he was asked whether he would offer a safety net for workers who were losing their salaries and health insurance during the shutdown, Trump replied saying that the border wall was their safety net. "I’m very proud of doing what I’m doing,” Trump insisted.
He reportedly also called for constructing a "see-through" wall made out of steel. "A see-through wall made out of steel is far stronger than a concrete wall," Trump reportedly argued during the meeting.