Trump Backs Off: ‘Not Looking’ To Declare National Emergency ‘So Fast’

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 09:  U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media after signing Anti-Human Trafficking LegislationÊin the Oval Office on January 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump also spoke about the stalemate between congressional leaders to come to a bipartisan solution for more money to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump said Friday that he does not intend to declare a national emergency “so fast,” despite his evident recent delight in threatening to do so.

“I’m not going to do it so fast,” Trump told the White House press pool. “We want Congress to do its job. What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency.”

He said as recently as Friday morning that he “can’t imagine any reason” why he shouldn’t declare national emergency to get his wall funding.

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