Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall Calling it "a great thing to do," President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to help finance a long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It's a highly unusual move from an unconventional president. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and Congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
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Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall

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Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall

Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall

Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall

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President Trump declared a national emergency to free up funding for a border wall in a speech at the White House on Friday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump declared a national emergency to free up funding for a border wall in a speech at the White House on Friday.

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Calling it "a great thing to do," President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to help finance a long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The move followed Congress approving a government spending bill that allocated $1.3 billion in funding for a wall. But with executive action and the national emergency declaration, Trump is expected to free up about $8 billion for construction of the wall.

On today's NPR Politics Podcast, political reporter Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith and congressional correspondent Susan Davis talk about what it means for Trump to declare a national emergency and what his reasoning is behind the declaration.

They'll also look at where the money is coming from and how Congress is reacting.

Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.