White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders set the date and hit Democrats with an ultimatum on Friday night.
Sanders took to Twitter and quoted a tweet from President Donald Trump, where he said the administration will move forward with building the border wall in 21 days.
“In 21 days President @realDonaldTrump is moving forward building the wall with or without the Democrats. The only outstanding question is whether the Democrats want something or nothing,” Sanders wrote.
In 21 days President @realDonaldTrump is moving forward building the wall with or without the Democrats. The only outstanding question is whether the Democrats want something or nothing https://t.co/dMaDfBOIuT
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 26, 2019
Last week, CNN reported that the Trump administration created a draft version outlining the idea of Trump declaring a national emergency to set aside $7 billion for the wall.
The draft reportedly states that the Department of Defense would build the wall along the southern border between the United States and Mexico.
“The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency,” a draft of the emergency proclamation states.
“Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C 1601, et seq.), hereby declare that a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States,” it adds.
Sanders setting the date and Trump considering declaring a national emergency comes as the president signed a short-term deal on Friday to reopen the federal government until Feb. 15.
While speaking from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he agreed to sign a measure that would only keep the government open for three weeks so that Republicans and Democrats can hopefully reach a deal on funding for the wall.
As part of the deal, the roughly 800,000 federal government employees were paid both of the checks they missed during the shutdown.
The deal does not include any upfront money for the border wall, but the president said he will declare a national emergency if Democrats do not agree to a deal in three weeks.
“Walls should not be controversial,” Trump said, adding that the steel barrier will have cutting-edge technology, monitors, and sensors to “stop illicit flows of drugs and illegal immigrants” into the country.
The president also called for hiring more Border Patrol agents, getting more resources at ports of entry to ensure drugs are not being smuggled into the nation, and adding additional federal immigration judges to speed up court cases.
Time will tell what happens next, but the federal government will be open for three weeks until the next deadline approaches.
That gives Trump and Democrats three weeks to reach a compromise on allocating at least $5 billion in wall funding — or Trump, as he said, will declare a national emergency.