WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will face opposition from fellow Republicans if he declares a national emergency to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.
“The president will have problems on his own side of the aisle for exploiting the situation in a way that enhances his power. But let’s see what he does,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a news conference.
She added: “Right now there is a path: Open up government. Let’s have this discussion on where we can agree on the best ways to protect our borders.”
A partial government shutdown has now been in effect for 20 days. The shutdown ensued due to a dispute over wall funding.
Democrats oppose the wall and have instead offered $1.3 billion for border security.
Trump has said if he will allow the shutdown to continue until Congress agrees to allocate $5.6 billion for the wall and that if they do not he will declare a national emergency to build the wall.
It is unclear whether a national emergency declaration would give the president the authority to bypass Congress.
Article I, Sec. 9, Clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution states: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.”
Trump met with bipartisan congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday. He walked out of the meeting after Pelosi rejected a proposal that would have reopened the government withinn 30 days in exchange for wall funding.
Trump is scheduled to meet with border security officials in southwest Texas later today.