The wall: Trump demands $5.7 bn

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a televised address to the nation from his desk in the Oval Office about immigration and the southern U.S. border on the 18th day of a partial government shutdown at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2019

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday repeated his demand for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the border with Mexico but stopped short of calling for a much-touted state of emergency.

"As part of an overall approach to border security, law enforcement professionals have requested $5.7 billion for a physical barrier," Trump said in a rare address to the nation from the Oval Office.

Trump had spent days mulling declaring a state of emergency along the border that would have given him powers to bypass Congress, which has so far refused to fund the wall project and draw funds from the military to build the border barrier.

 

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