Trump Seems Poised To Declare Emergency, Calls Talks With Dems ‘Waste Of Time’

President Donald Trump makes a statemnent annoncing that a deal has been reached to reopen the government through Feb. 15 during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House January 25, 2019 in Washington, DC.Photo by Olivier Douliery/ Abaca Press
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: US President Donald Trump makes a statement announcing that a deal has been reached to reopen the government through Feb. 15 during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House January ... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: US President Donald Trump makes a statement announcing that a deal has been reached to reopen the government through Feb. 15 during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House January 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. The White House announced they've reached a deal with Congress to end the shutdown and open the federal government for three weeks to give time to work out a larger immigration and border security deal. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 1, 2019 7:33 a.m.

While President Trump did not explicitly say he plans to declare a national emergency in order to secure his border wall funding, during an interview with the New York Times published Thursday evening he called talks with Democrats over wall funding a “waste of time.”

“I’ve set the table. I’ve set the stage for doing what I’m going to do,” he told the Times. “I’ll continue to build the wall, and we’ll get the wall finished. Now whether or not I declare a national emergency — that you’ll see.”

He also suggested that his relationship with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has increasingly deteriorated in recent weeks.

“I’ve actually always gotten along with her, but now I don’t think I will any more. … I think she’s doing a tremendous disservice to the country. If she doesn’t approve the wall, the rest of it’s just a waste of money and time and energy because it’s desperately needed.”

Read the full story from the interview here. 

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