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Trump says won’t declare national emergency so fast

Washington US President Donald Trump on Friday ruled out declaring a national emergency imminently to bypass Congress and get funding for his Mexico-US border wall project. “The easy solution is for me to call a national emergency... (but) I’m not going to do it so fast because this is something for Congress to do,” he told reporters. Trump’s demand for funding for a wall to crack down on illegal immigration -- a central plank of his 2016 election campaign -- has sparked a political crisis that has seen 800,000 federal employees go without paychecks. On Friday, the partial government shutdown hit the 21-day mark, equaling the record from previous funding freezes and marking the first day in the saga that paychecks failed to appear for workers as varied as FBI agents, air traffic controllers and museum staff around the country. page 8

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