Trump again hints at national emergency to bypass Congress for wall funding

Erika Holt
January 8, 2019

There are no talks on any public schedule at the White House Monday, and Congress isn't back in session until Tuesday.

Politicians and Mr Trump hit an impasse last month over his demand that a bill to keep the federal government operational include money for a wall along the border with Mexico.

Trump's demand for billions for the barrier has forced a partial government shutdown that is now in its third week.

"Presidents have authority to defend the nation", Mulvaney said.

'The discussion immediately turned to a bunch of technical requirements or technical requests that the Democrats were asking for the first time ever in these negotiations, so I think this is going to drag on a lot longer. Democrats have not received the full budget justification they requested, and another meeting of the group is not scheduled, according to a Democratic official familiar with the meeting.

Sources said Democratic staff warned the administration that it will grow "increasingly hard" to negotiate while the government remains closed.

Still, it would be hard for broadcasters to deny the airtime, particularly given the pushback from the right and the inevitable comparisons to the times that such pre-emptions were granted to Trump's predecessors.

President Trump said he doesn't expect anything to come out of Sunday's meeting after Saturday's produced no movement toward reopening the government. "Many details of Border Security were discussed".

"We have criminals coming in", Trump said Sunday. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. An illegal alien who had returned to the U.S.

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Trump told reporters on Sunday morning that he was considering declaring a national emergency, and he said he planned to call the head of US Steel and other steel manufacturers to ask them to design a steel barrier for the southern border. Trump said on Twitter that "not much headway" was made on Saturday, and he told reporters on Sunday that the next meeting was unlikely to produce results either.

This echoes a previous report that said Trump told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that he wouldn't accept a deal to reopen the government because he didn't want to look "foolish".

Trump also suggested he would rather wait until the Supreme Court rules on the legality of his administration's pullback of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program before negotiating with Democrats on the issue as part of the talks to end the shutdown.

The standoff - which has heavily affected national parks and other operations and threatens to halt payments as varied as food stamps and tax refunds - has made Trump's unrealized border wall the linchpin of his presidency as he seeks to make good on a signature campaign promise.

The president said that a wall or a barrier must be built along the USA southern border with Mexico, while signaling a willingness to accept a steel barrier instead of a concrete wall by saying that "steel instead of concrete is fine". He also threatened to declare a national emergency in order to appropriate funding for the wall, a move that would bypass Congress. "So that's a non-starter". "So we are damned if we do and damned if we don't", an unidentified "TV exec" said in a text to the cable network.

This is the right move for the president.

"We just can't afford to do business that way", Schiff said.

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, defended Trump on CNN's "State of the Union", arguing that the president has "a great deal of latitude over how the government is run".

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