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Trump doesn't declare state of emergency over border wall

President Trump looks out at the House chamber as he delivers the State of the Union address
Trump delivers the State of the Union address Tuesday night. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump kept his demand for border wall funding in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, but stopped short of invoking national emergency powers to get funds for his long-sought project.

The backdrop: There had been speculation that Trump might use the address to Congress to announce plans for a national emergency. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently said he warned Trump during a meeting at the White House against using emergency powers.