(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump using disaster funds to build a border wall would be “outrageous,” Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California told MSNBC. Harris also confirmed she will decide soon whether to mount a 2020 presidential bid.
“The irony here is that this president is talking about a wall to keep out potential terrorists, which we know is not true, in the name of public safety,” she said, calling it “political manipulation.”
Trump told Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Thursday that he would “see what happens over the next few days” but would “likely” invoke emergency powers if he doesn’t reach a deal with Democrats over border funds that includes his request for $5.7 billion to build a physical barrier with Mexico.
The impasse has promoted a partial federal government shutdown that’s poised to become the longest in U.S. history, just as about 800,000 federal workers are set to miss their first paychecks Friday.
To contact the reporters on this story: Kasia Klimasinska in Washington at email@example.com;Terrence Dopp in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editors responsible for this story: Derek Wallbank at email@example.com, Elizabeth Wasserman, Kathleen Hunter
©2019 Bloomberg L.P.