President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump might end one conflict with Congress over funding for his long-sought Mexican border wall by invoking national emergency powers

There have been 58 declarations of a national emergency since Congress passed The National Emergencies Act in 1976, bolstering, perhaps, Trump’s claim on Thursday that he has an “absolute right” to declare one. But while he may have broad authority to make such a pronouncement, it’s far from clear that he can use the declaration to fund a wall.