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President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing on Marine One from the White House on Thursday.

President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to declare a national emergency over border security if he can’t get what he called a “win” on his proposed wall or compromise with Democrats, and said he may skip the World Economic Forum in Davos.


Before departing for a border-security briefing in McAllen, Texas, Trump said “we have to get a win” or he’d declare an emergency, a move he’s previously raised as a possibility.

Trump said if he doesn’t get a deal with lawmakers, he “probably will do it, maybe definitely.”

The president said he could compromise with Democrats on the border issue but also hotly denied that he’d had what Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called a temper tantrum or that he pounded the table in a meeting with Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “I didn’t pound the table. That is a lie,” Trump said.

He also said Mexico would pay for the wall through the pending U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal and said “obviously I never meant Mexico would write a check.” During his presidential campaign, however, Trump told the Washington Post that one way for Mexico to pay for the wall would be to make a “one-time payment of $5-10 billion.”

Trump is now scheduled to leave for the Davos forum on Jan. 21, and said he’d like to go but won’t if the shutdown continues. The partial shutdown is on its 20th day and is a day away from tying for the longest on record.

Also see: The government shutdown is not hurting the economy much, but it still comes with a cost.

U.S. stocks

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  traded higher Thursday, and have been buoyed this week by optimism over trade talks between the U.S. and China. Trump said the U.S. is having “tremendous success” in those talks.

See: Dow and S&P 500 are on the brink of exiting a stock-market correction.


The president also said he “didn’t know anything about” his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort being accused of sharing political polling data with Russian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik. Manafort’s lawyers made the disclosure that he may have shared the data by accident. U.S. officials believe Kilimnik has ties to Russian intelligence.

Read: Manafort’s lawyers accidentally reveal that former Trump campaign manager may have shared polling data with Russian spy.


Asked about news that Amazon

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  Chief Executive Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie are divorcing, Trump replied, “I wish him luck. It’s going to be a beauty.”

The National Enquirer — whose chairman David Pecker has been a Trump ally — reported that Bezos has been having a relationship with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez.

Now see: MacKenzie Bezos could soon be worth more than Oprah and the Queen of England.

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