Trump Plans to Hold Nose, Sign Spending Bill but Has HUGE Surprise for Dems on the Wall

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February 14, 2019Feb 14, 2019

President Trump does not like the spending bill that’s been placed on his desk for him to sign to keep the government funded, preventing a second shutdown this year.

Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that "The President is still evaluating the bill that the conference committee has produced. I think he's been very clear that he's not happy with it."

The bill includes less than $1.4 billion for some fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, a number far short of the $5.7 billion Trump has been asking for his wall. The smaller funding provision also specifies that the money can't be used on one of Trump's larger wall prototypes, NBC News reported.

The bill was presented to him on Wednesday and needs to be agreed upon by midnight on Friday to prevent a shutdown.

But according to the Associated Press, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says Trump has “indicated he’s prepared to sign” the funding bill. But he might use his trump card to still get the money he needs for the wall.

McConnell said Trump will declare a national emergency on the border, thus directing federal funds to down there to boost border security.

"The bottom line is on the wall we're building the wall and we're using other methods other than this and in addition to this," Trump said earlier on Tuesday.

ABC 7 New York believes Trump will face opposition from Congress or a federal court if he pursues that course of action. By declaring a national emergency, the president would not need Congress to sign off on allocating more money on top of the $1.4 billion to build the wall.

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