WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will support President Donald Trump if he does indeed take executive action, including declaring a national emergency, to fund the construction of a border wall.
The White House confirms the president will sign a bill to avert a government shutdown. The bill passed by the Senate today now goes over to the House of Representatives. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says, “The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country.”
An additional 55 miles of border wall is funded by the spending measure which falls far short of the $5.7 billion the president asked for, and fought for, leading up to and during the partial government shutdown.
Democratic party leader Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there is no situation at the border which merits a national emergency order. While not saying House Democrats would challenge such an order, she says it will be met with “great unease and dismay.”