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White House explores ways to fund Donald Trump’s border wall

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White House explores ways to fund Donald Trump’s border wall

The White House is reported to be preparing the ground for Donald Trump to declare a national emergency and has instructed the army’s corps of engineers to look into its appropriations for unspent money to fund the president’s wall, which he pitched in a Thursday visit to the border. Negotiations with Democrats are stalemated, a compromise package mooted by a group of Republican lawmakers has failed to find traction with the White House, and with few other proposals on the table, talk of a national emergency has gained ground, especially among Trump’s allies. Trump himself is not averse to it as he has made clear over the past few days, but he has sought to demonstrate a preference for resolving the stalemate through negotiations, even as he walked out of the last round, ending it with a perfunctory “bye-bye” because it was a “total waste of time”.

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