Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says President Trump will call for an end to the politics of resistance and retribution in his State of the Union address tomorrow night. Talking with reporters at the White House today, Conway said Trump will urge more bipartisan cooperation on key issues. She noted that Trump will also highlight the strong economy. Conway would not say whether Trump will declare a national emergency at the southern border. She argued that it is not his preferred option but said he has the absolute right to do so.
A declaration of national emergency could allow Trump to divert Defense Department dollars to help construct a massive border wall. It would likely provoke an immediate court challenge from House Democratic leaders, who have refused to give Trump billions of dollars for the wall. Trump's demand for border wall money prompted the recent partial government shutdown. Another shutdown may be looming when a temporary spending measure expires on February 15th.
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