Fox Business’s Charles Gasparino is reporting that White House officials are now starting to worry that President Donald Trump’s government shutdown is going to hurt the American economy, and are thus preparing to issue an emergency order to build the president’s border wall within the next several days.
“White House sources say internal data shows impact of shutdown will hit economy shortly as officials grow increasingly worried about economic impact of impasse,” Gasparino writes. “Trump likely to end impasse with government emergency as soon as next week.”
SCOOP: @WhiteHouse sources say internal data shows impact of shutdown will hit economy shortly as officials grow increasingly worried abt economic impact of impasse. Sources: @realDonaldTrump likely to end impasse w government emergency as soon as next week
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— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) January 11, 2019
Trump has been threatening to declare a national emergency as a pretext for building his border wall if the Democratic House refuses to pay for it. However, even some members of the far-right House Freedom Caucus have cautioned the president against taking this approach, as they fear it would lead to future Democratic presidents declaring national emergencies to take unilateral action on issues ranging from gun safety to climate change.