The Note: Trump seeks more power as Congress seeks to give him less

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Among the mantras of President Donald Trump’s time in public life — and continuing through his time in public office — is that if you say something enough, it becomes real.

That strategy could very well lead to a presidential declaration of a national emergency, with the knowledge that such a move would test both legal and political limits.

Trump said on Thursday he would “probably … I would almost say definitely” make such a declaration if budget talks don’t result in a wall, acknowledging a political off-ramp to what he’s arguing is a national-security crisis.

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