Donald Trump to Announce State of Emergency Before Weekend Trip to Florida

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

President Donald Trump will speak Friday on the ongoing fight for border security and his decision to declare a State of Emergency.

The White House scheduled a press event in the Rose Garden where Trump is expected to deliver remarks on the national security and humanitarian crisis at the Southern border.

The event is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. EST.

The president is expected to declare a state of emergency to redirect more than $8 billion to construct physical barriers on the Southern border, according to reports citing White House officials.

The president is also expected to sign a bipartisan funding agreement from Congress, drafted during the three-week reprieve in the government shutdown.

Members of Congress rushed the 1159-page bill through Congress, despite concerns from conservatives about Democratic limitations on wall construction and legal protections for migrants and illegal immigrants.

The bill passed with veto-proof majorities in the House and the Senate on Thursday, after the White House confirmed that the president would declare a State of Emergency.

Trump plans to spend the weekend with his family at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, according to his public schedule, leaving the White House on Friday afternoon — 55 days after the partial government shutdown fight over border security began.

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