President Donald Trump shouldn't expect much support from Americans if he declares a national emergency to build his proposed border wall.
The partial U.S. government shutdown, caused by an impasse over Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to construct the barrier, ended Friday on its 35th day. The president and GOP lawmakers agreed to a plan to fund the government for three weeks without putting money toward the project.
Congress will use that time to try to strike an immigration deal. But Trump has threatened to let funding lapse again or declare a national emergency to circumvent lawmakers if they fail to strike a deal he likes. If the president declares a national emergency, he will likely face immediate court action — and public opposition.
Only 34 percent of Americans think Trump should declare a national emergency in order to use military funding for the wall, according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday. Almost twice as many people — 64 percent — believe Trump should not bypass Congress.