Trump Won’t Declare National Emergency Over Border Wall ‘Right Now’

President Trump said Friday he has no immediate plans to declare a national emergency in order to fund the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border—and instead urged Democrats to vote on the issue. “What we’re not looking to do right now is a national emergency,” Trump said in a White House meeting on border security. He then called a national emergency an “easy solution.” “I’m not going to do it so fast,” he added. Trump’s apparent change of heart reversed days of signals that he might soon declare the emergency amid a protracted standoff with Democrats over a partial shutdown of the federal government. The president faced sharp pushback, even from Republicans, at the notion of declaring a national emergency. “This is where I ask the Democrats to come back to Washington and vote for money for the all the barrier,” Trump added. “I don’t care what they name it. They can name it peaches.”