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WASHINGTON . President Donald Trump announced on Monday he would make a prime-time address and visit the U.S. Mexico border this week as the partial federal government shutdown entered its 17th day after . a funding impasse over his demand for money to build a border wall.
Vice President Mike Pence said White House lawyers were evaluating the possibility that Trump .
Could declare a national emergency in order to secure alternate funding for the wall but that Trump had not made a
decision on using that tactic. It was unclear what basis Trump could use to declare a national emergency.
Trump planned to visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announced on Twitter without providing details.
Trump said in his own Twitter post that he will address the nation on Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST (0200 GMT Wednesday) to discuss what he called a humanitarian and national security crisis on the southern U.S. border.
Large chunks of the federal government shut down on Dec. 22 over Trump’s demand that a bill to keep the federal government operational include more than $5 billion to pay for a wall along the border with Mexico.
Trump said on Friday he could declare a national emergency in order to build the wall, which would circumvent Congress’ authority over funding for the federal government.
Trump directed the White House budget office to take steps to mitigate the effects of the shutdown, including
ensuring tax refunds are delivered, Pence told reporters.