Developing now, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
TRUMP'S 'ABSOLUTE RIGHT' AS PRESIDENT: In an exclusive interview with FOX News' Sean Hannity, President Trump said he has "the absolute right to declare a national emergency" if he can't reach an agreement with congressional Democrats to provide funding for his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border ... "The law is very clear. I mean, we have the absolute right to declare a national emergency," Trump said. "This is a national emergency, if you look what's happening."
Trump did not lay out a specific timetable for when he might take such a step, saying: "I think we're going to see what happens over the next few days."
The president spoke to FOX News in Texas, on the banks of the Rio Grande, where he visited the border region to argue that a barrier would deter drug and human trafficking into the United States. Back in Washington, Democrats in the Senate on Thursday failed to proceed with House-passed spending bills that would fund the government and end the partial shutdown without new border-wall money.
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