Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) seemed to prove some of these fears valid in a Friday tweet, listing a number of non-wall issues he considers national emergencies, including gun violence and climate change.
Trump told reporters as he left the White House that he was still holding out hope for a deal, but that if it "doesn't work out, probably I will do it".
"When the next Democratic President declares a national emergency over gun violence and takes executive actions to curtail gun purchases, you can thank the people urging Donald Trump to do the same with regards to the border", he wrote on Twitter.
The House of Representatives voted to approve a Senate-passed measure to ensure federal workers furloughed during the ongoing partial government shutdown are paid retroactively when the government reopens, sending the bill to President Trump's desk. Trump, they argue, then would be able to tell his supporters that he did all he could to fight for the wall, even if his order is stalled or blocked by the courts.
Trump needs $5.7 billion to build the long-promised wall along the nation's southern border.
"I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency, the lawyers have so advised me", Trump said outside the White House.
Neither side appears willing to budge-and if the White House and congressional leaders can not come to an agreement, Trump has vowed to "almost definitely" use his emergency powers to build the wall.
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The emergency funds had been set aside for California in the wake of devastating wildfires that tore through 1.8 million acres in the state this year, as well as Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida as they continue to recover from 2017 and 2018's hurricanes and prepare for similar storms in the coming years.
President Donald Trump said he could use emergency powers to bypass Congress to pay for a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Defense Department officials discussed the plan with Trump Thursday as he traveled to the southern border.
Trump visited McAllen, Texas, and the Rio Grande on Thursday to highlight what he calls a crisis of drugs and crime along the border.
Unless Republicans and Democrats compromise, he said, "I fully expect him to declare a national emergency".
"Most conservatives want it to be the last resort he would use", Meadows said.