Earlier Friday, Trump backed off a series of previous threats to end the deadlock by declaring a national emergency and attempting to secure the funds without congressional approval. "I'm not going to do it so fast," he said at a White House meeting. "If they can't do it..., I will declare a national emergency. Only minutes earlier, powerful Republican ally Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted after talks with Trump: "Mr. President, Declare a national emergency NOW." "We have a country that's under siege," he told the local officials in the White House.
Source: The Nation Bangkok January 12, 2019 01:07 UTC