Trump demands $5.7 billion for steel barrier on Mexico border

AFP Washington, DC, USA Updated: Jan 09, 2019, 11:01 AM(IST)

"This barrier is absolutely critical to border security. It's also what our professionals at the border want and needs. This is just common sense." Donald Trump stops short of calling for a much-touted state of emergency in his address to the nation. The president has spent days mulling declaring a state of emergency along the border that would have given him powers to bypass Congress, which has so far refused to fund the wall project and draw funds from the military to build the border barrier.

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