President of the United States, Donald Trump has continued to pursue his quest of building the border wall, which will cost billions of dollars, claiming “tremendous” support inside his camp on the contentious issue which has forced a government shutdown now entering its third week.
He said, “We have to build the wall,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for the Camp David presidential retreat. “It’s about safety, it’s about security for our country.
“We have no choice,” he said, warning once more that he may invoke emergency powers to get a wall built without congressional approval.
“I may declare a national emergency, dependent on what’s going to happen over the next few days.”
An impasse with lawmakers over funding for the border wall has partially shut down the federal government since December 22. Trump said Friday that the standoff could last “months or even years.”
The shutdown has left some 800,000 federal workers sent home or working without pay. Large numbers of federal contractors are also losing pay.