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Trump to make ‘major announcement’ on border, government shutdown

President Donald Trump has demanded $ 5.7 billion to build a border wall, which Democrats have not supported. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

President Donald Trump will make a “major announcement” Saturday afternoon on border security and what the administration has termed a “humanitarian crisis” on the U.S.-Mexico border, as the government shutdown enters its fifth week.

“I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the @WhiteHouse,” Trump tweeted Friday evening.

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The president is expected to discuss the shutdown without declaring a national emergency, according to two people familiar with the plans.

It remains unclear what the president will announce, although he has previously floated declaring a national emergency to help fund his border wall, a key campaign promise. However, last week he indicated that he would instead wait for Congress to strike a deal.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dodged reporters’ questions about whether Trump would declare a national emergency.

“I’m not going to get ahead of the president, but I can assure you that he’s going to continue fighting for border security,” she said outside the White House. “He’s going to continue looking for the solution to end the humanitarian and national security crisis at the border.”

Trump has demanded $ 5.7 billion to build a border wall, which Democrats have not supported. Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats remain at a standstill.

Eliana Johnson, Burgess Everett and Andrew Restuccia contributed to this report

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