Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, has declared a national emergency after a new row over the funding for his proposed wall on the border between Mexico and the United States.
During a speech in the White House’s Rose Garden this afternoon, Trump proclaimed that he was making the move “not because it is a campaign promise, which it is,” but as an outcome of an influx of drugs that are reportedly coming across the border.
A national emergency gives President Trump the power to take discretionary funds amounting to billions of US dollars to fund for his project.
The move may exacerbate the tensions in Washington, DC after an agreement that was struck by Republicans and Democrats last week that was comprising $4 billiion (£3.1 billion) less than what Trump has asked for the fence, which he wants to make 215 miles long.
The news comes after President Trump agreed with Congress late last January to a temporary funding measure to keep nine of the federal departments open, with plans to discuss a funding solution by the 8th of February.
The funding over a US-Mexico wall was at the centre of the dispute that prompted the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States over Christmas, which lasted for 35 days before ending without meeting the demands of Trump for the $5.7 billion being met.
In his speech, Trump also confirmed that the United Kingdom and the United States “are agreeing to go forward and preserve our trade agreement.”
The US President stated: “We know all of the situation with respect to Brexit and the complexity and problems, but we have a very good trading relationship with the UK and that’s just been strengthened further.”
He added: “The relationship there is very good.”
The motion to preserve the trade deal, which replicates the existing agreement between the United States and the European Union on technical standards for exported products, is worth approximately £12.8 billion.