Two weeks into a partial government shutdown triggered by an impasse over the money President Donald Trump demanded for his promised border wall, Trump said he could declare a state of emergency and build his wall without congressional approval.
“I can do it if I want,” he told reporters at the White House on Friday. “We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country. We can do it. I haven’t done it, I may do it.”
Is that true? Legal experts said it might not be as simple to bypass Congress — which ultimately controls the federal budget — as Trump suggests, but not necessarily impossible. NBC News reported Friday that lawyers from the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon are meeting to discuss whether or not it’s doable.
“We’re in uncharted territory,” said University of Texas School of Law Professor Stephen Vladeck in an interview Friday night.
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