Trump backs away from declaring national emergency over wall – live

President said he’s ‘not looking’ to declare an emergency at a cabinet meeting over the shutdown

8.42pm GMT

More news is coming out re Trump’s national emergency reversal. According to numerous reporters Trump said this at his cabinet meeting today:

“This is where I ask the Democrats to come back to Washington and vote for money for the wall the barrier. I don’t care what they name it. They can name it peaches.”

Trump told reporters today that Democrats can call the wall “peaches” so long as they give him the money.

8.27pm GMT

That’s quite a turnaround from Trump.

On Thursday Trump was said to be consulting with lawyers over declaring a national emergency to appropriate money for the border wall – which would allow him to bypass Democrats in Congress.

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Source: theguardian