WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will travel to the U.S.’ southern border this week, a trip that coincides with his push for a wall or barrier between the U.S. and Mexico.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Monday that Trump will “meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis.”
President @realDonaldTrump will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis. More details will be announced soon.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 7, 2019
While the White House and Congressional Democrats are engaged in a standoff over the president’s request for $5.6 billion to construct the wall, officials from across the administration have been warning that the situation at the border raises national security concerns.
Trump also has been publicly flirting with declaring a national emergency, a controversial step that he claims will allow him to build the wall without Congressional approval but that critics dismiss as unconstitutional.
“We’re looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency,” Trump told reporters on Sunday.
Congressional Democrats have countered the administration’s initial request with $1.3 billion in border security funds, something that the White House has balked at.
Failure to agree on funding for the wall lead to a partial government shutdown late last month that entered its 16th day on Monday.