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Trump eyes emergency powers to pay for border wall, end shutdown

2019-01-11 09:54:49       source:The Straits Times

January 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump on Thursday (Jan 10) threatened to use emergency powers to bypass Congress and get billions of dollars to pay for a wall on the US-Mexico border as a partial US government shutdown over the issue stretched into its 20th day.

Trump flew to the Texas border with Mexico to try to bolster his case for the wall, flanked by tearful family members of people killed by illegal immigrants and border patrol agents who are not receiving pay checks during the shutdown.

"If we don't have a barrier, a very substantial barrier of some kind, you're not going to be able to solve this problem," Trump said at a briefing where plastic-wrapped bricks of heroin, seized guns and a plastic bag full of cash were prominently displayed.

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