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AP FACT CHECK: Emergency declarations are not everyday steps


February 15, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to declare a national emergency to free up money for his border wall would be an extraordinary step, despite his statement that predecessors liberally used such power.

The White House said Thursday that Trump plans to go ahead with the declaration as part of his effort to direct money unilaterally to wall construction, because Congress agreed to give him far less than he demanded in the deal averting another government shutdown.

It's a contentious move, likely to be legally challenged, and not something presidents routinely do, contrary to h...

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