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US President Donald Trump will sign a spending bill averting a government shutdown but will also issue an emergency declaration to fund his controversial border wall.

Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell told colleagues that he spoke to Mr Trump, who indicated that he is prepared to sign the bill and also issue a national emergency declaration. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed the plan minutes later.

Declaring an emergency, a rare step, would free Mr Trump to seek to redirect federal funds from elsewhere to help pay for a wall along the US-Mexico border.

US House of Representative Speaker and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi expressed disdain for the President's upcoming emergency declaration. She said happening at the border is not an emergency.




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