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Trump not declaring emergency 'right now'

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US has said that he has no immediate plans to resort to a national-emergency declaration to build a wall on the border with Mexico, the issue behind a partial government shutdown now in its 21st day.

"What we're not looking to do right now is a national emergency," he said during a White roundtable on border security on Friday.

"I'm not going to do it so fast," Trump was quoted as saying by

Trump has said more than once in recent days that he would "probably" declare a national emergency, which would allow him to tap funds for construction of a wall to resolve what he claims is a crisis on the border.

The demands that provide $5.7 billion in funds for the wall as a condition for his agreeing to sign a spending bill that would allow affected federal government departments to resume normal operations.

Democrats, who now control the of Representatives, say they are prepared to appropriate $1.3 billion for border security, including enhancements to existing fences, but will not pay for construction of a new barrier.

While some prominent Republicans have endorsed the idea of the emergency declaration, other GOP lawmakers remain uneasy.

"We want to do its job," Trump said Friday, at the same time he called on Democratic legislators to return to

Most senators and members from both parties have already left for the weekend.

The shutdown has crippled roughly 25 percent of federal agencies and departments and roughly 800,000 public employees are on furlough or working without pay.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 07:26 IST
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