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Trump is Set To Make a Major Announcement About the Border Crisis This Afternoon – Here’s What We Know

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President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday afternoon that he would be making a “major announcement” about the ongoing government shutdown and the southern border.

From Daily Caller:

Trump tweeted, “I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the @WhiteHouse.”

The government has been in the midst of a partial shutdown dating back to December 22. It’s currently the longest shutdown on record.

The shutdown affects roughly 800,000 federal employees, who missed their first paychecks a week ago. A press release from the Senate Appropriations Committee estimated more than 420,000 essential federal employees would be expected to work without pay.

President Trump has demanded over $5 billion in funding for a wall to be built along the southern border. The Democrats have flatly refused, with Speaker Pelosi, among other Democrats, calling a wall “immoral.” The Democrats had offered the White House less than $2 billion for “border security,” but refused to allow that money to be used toward building a wall.

The question remains whether the president could declare a state of emergency, thus giving him the necessary authorization to divert funds to build a wall.


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