Trump moves closer to National Emergency

President Donald Trump on Thursday gave the strongest signal yet that he will declare a national emergency in an effort to secure billions of dollars for a border wall, as negotiations on Capitol Hill to reopen the federal government continue to flounder.

The possible move by Trump would almost certainly trigger an immediate response from House Democratic leaders, who could pursue both congressional and legal avenues to try to halt such unprecedented action.It’s one of the few options left at the table after Trump rejected the work of Senate Republicans hoping they can craft a procedural framework that would allow the government to reopen and then immediately turn to an immigration debate.

An emergency declaration by Trump could also end the partial government shutdown if congressional leaders agree to reopen shuttered agencies and let the border wall drama play out in the courts.

“If we don’t make a deal with Congress, most likely I will do that. I would actually say I would,” Trump told Sean Hannity in an interview at the southern border that aired Thursday night on Fox News. “I can’t imagine any reason why not,” he said, adding that “we are going to see what happens over the next few days.”

Earlier, the president told reporters outside the White House on his way to McAllen, Texas, that he had an “absolute right” to declare the emergency.

Vice President Mike Pence closed off the move by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and other GOP senators to come up with an agreement to end the shutdown, showing how hard it is to get the White House on the same page as other Republicans. Pence publicly shot down the idea and also privately relayed to Senate Republicans that Trump will not reopen the government until he gets a solution on the wall.

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Graham said he was “depressed” by the move, but then later endorsed the idea of Trump declaring a national emergency even after raising questions of whether Congress would vote to disapprove of such a move.

“It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier. I hope it works,” he said in a statement.

But not all Republicans are supportive of the idea.

“I would advise against that as a bad precedent,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

During a visit to the border, Trump told reporters that he would be open to a larger deal on immigration that would help young immigrants — “We want to help the Dreamers,” he said — though he declined to link it directly to reopening the government.

“But I would like to do a much broader form of immigration, and we could do immigration reform, it’ll take longer, it’s been complex, it’s been going on for 30, 35 years, talking about immigration reform,” Trump said. “Before we do that, we have to create a barrier. That we can do very quickly.”

Graham and a small group of Senate GOP colleagues pitched getting the congressional committees to work on apotential trade — Democrats agree to billions of dollars in funding for Trump’s border wall in exchange for temporary protections for immigrants protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status.Under that idea, the government would have reopened while Congress fights out the wall battle.

But Democrats were never read in on the proposal, and Pence signaled Trump wouldn’t go along with it either.

“I think the president feels that we’re waiting to hear from the Supreme Court about DACA,” Pence told reporters in the Capitol on Thursday afternoon. “We’re confident the Supreme Court will find DACA to have been unconstitutional. And at that time, [Trump] believes there will be an opportunity for us not only to address the issue affecting the Dreamers, but also a broader range of immigration issues.”

Pence reiterated that there must be money for Trump’s wall project in an agreement to fund the government: “No wall, no deal.”

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  • Vince Davis
    Posted January 11, 2019 12:11 pm 0Likes

    If the people involved in the immigration fiasco become United States Citizens then they have a right to employment and would pay into the Social Security trust fund automatically, therefore yes they should apply for Social Security benefits as they also pay into social security.

    • 194968
      Posted April 28, 2019 11:49 pm 0Likes

      Yes when they reach the age to collect social security .

  • Wendy Day Ledford
    Posted January 11, 2019 12:16 pm 0Likes

    Crime is crime. We need to protect our country. This border is a start. We protect other countrys borders. Whats wrong with protecting our own? This should Not be a Problem at all, no matter who is President. President Trump is just SMART. BACK OUR PRESIDENT !

  • Kimberly
    Posted January 11, 2019 12:43 pm 0Likes

    I support the wall as most Americans do…why do the dems continue Defying the majority of Americans is beyond comprehension. They are a bunch of idiots who only care about the money they can make..we as Americans need to stand up and say Enough of this BS. We need to take back our Country.

    • John acosta
      Posted May 13, 2019 2:15 am 0Likes

      Because it interferes with the NWO The new world order And they no one anything interfering with that It would level the playing field

  • Joseph Cook
    Posted January 11, 2019 1:02 pm 0Likes

    why not put the American citizens to vote on the wall? All the polls say 93% want the wall built. If that’s the case the Democrats would have no choice but to fund the project.

  • Don Childress
    Posted January 11, 2019 1:19 pm 0Likes

    President Trump, declare a national emergency. Build the wall. Every day that goes by traffickers penetrate the border.

  • Bill Riddle
    Posted January 11, 2019 1:24 pm 0Likes

    Keep up the good work dont give in to those sleeze bags

  • Donna M Kelley
    Posted January 11, 2019 1:30 pm 0Likes

    Come on Trump, Declare a national emergency. Stop talking about it and just do it.
    Every day now you say you will but don’t. one thing i always taught my son is follow though
    you say you are going to do something then do it. You and i and the rest of the country know the democrates are never going to give you what you want the lying crooks. so show them you mean business

  • gary b vogt
    Posted January 11, 2019 1:32 pm 0Likes

    Declaring a national emergency is not at all unprecedented as this article says.

  • Mary
    Posted January 11, 2019 1:53 pm 0Likes

    Those people that are standing behind pelosi, schumer. Need their head examined. eyes’s not closing at night, sleep deprived untill our country is safe.. We need a wall, more technology, border agents, that so called newsman Acosta is demented.
    Pray people.. Day and night. Invasions as have never been by europe, Arab, etc countries. Now the paid peoples in the countries where there is no seas to protect us aligned with those that came in those places South of our border to Mexico are now the biggest threat to our America, it’s people ever.
    Even our friends that have came from this places legally, become Americans now stand with our beliefs, know the danger. These angry, paid men, bringing their families children dying from hunger, thirst. Money is all they care about. They want to take our country. STAND tall, strong. God bless AMERICA.

  • Bret
    Posted January 11, 2019 2:01 pm 0Likes

    Before I went to bed last night. News broke that the Department of Defense and the Army Corps of Engineers have looked at using $14 billion in previous allocated but unused surplus funds to construct at least 300 miles of new border wall.
    Something is definitely in the makings.
    And it sounds like construction to me.
    Thank God and God bless America
    Let’s get r’ done… Build that wall!

  • james hunt
    Posted January 11, 2019 2:15 pm 0Likes

    i HATE ALL DEMOCRATS AND LIBS FROM STEALING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE FROM WHAT AMERICA WAS.i am 100% for Trump not his demeanor, language, but his ability to lead in the right way, GO TRUMP LETS BURY ALL DEVIL LED LIBS. THE CIVIL WAR IS ON AND WE WILL OVERCOME THE DEMON CRATS!!!

  • Frank
    Posted January 11, 2019 2:15 pm 0Likes

    Canada is importing millions og Third-Word trash. So we get soon the same problems with the North. Trump should annex Canada to the USA to stopp the Lefties there too.

  • Steven Royer
    Posted January 11, 2019 2:22 pm 0Likes

    WHY DO THE DEMS. AND SOME OF THE REPS. HATE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO MUCH? AND LOVE GIVING AWAY TAX PAYERS HARD EARNED MONEY TO PEOPLE WHO AREN’T AM.CITIZENS??? WHY LEAVE CHILDREN,FAMILIES & VETS. ON THE STREETS IN AMERICA AND TAKE THE PEOPLE ‘S MONEY TO PAY FOR IMAGRENTS BEFORE OUR OWN. THEY CAN’T TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE LET ALONE OTHER COUNTRIES CITIZENS. AMERICANS FIRST. WHY DON’T THEY UNDERSTAND THAT??? ISN’T THEIR A LAW THEY ARE BREAKING FOR BEING A POLATITION???

    • Steven Royer
      Posted January 11, 2019 2:30 pm 0Likes

      For BEING A POLATITION TOO LONG. ISN’T A 4YEAR TERM ALL THEY CAN SERVE??? THANK GOD FOR PRESIDENT
      TRUMP……

  • Regina Ucker
    Posted January 11, 2019 2:47 pm 0Likes

    Absolutely!! First he promised Mexico will pay for it, yet he’s demanding we, the American people, pay for it. A big lie amongst many.. Second, if people want to get thru, they will. A physical barrier will o ly slow down immigrants, not stop it. Third, what are we, Berlin? What’s next, a wall between us and Canada? Why not the east and west coast? Just linage the US from the world.. Let’s not forget airports, we’d better stop all international flights as well.. Point is that we cannot stop or prevent immigrantion. It’s what this country is based on and created by.. Wake up Trump and atop taking money from us for something that was not suppose to be paid for by us. That money is better used for other necessary programs. So let people get paid so they can feed their families. You are wealthy and don’t give a rats and what happens to the rest of us. You can still feed, clothe and House your family.

  • Carl T.
    Posted January 11, 2019 4:00 pm 0Likes

    The only National Emergency we have is an Insane and Infantile President . His rushed, gushing , inflammatory , untrue and inflated remarks on TV were so baldly false and Unpresidential that I thought his Performance was a skit for the Colbert Show or SNL . WOW! Can that man lie with a straight face !!

  • Mona Pardew
    Posted January 11, 2019 4:00 pm 0Likes

    We the base stand on solid ground with Donald J trump our President Shut it down border and keep government down till ThenWall is supported completely.Absolutely no DACA!

  • maurice striegler
    Posted January 11, 2019 5:08 pm 0Likes

    Thomas Jefferson said it best. “The Tree of Liberty must be Refreshed from Time to Time, with the Blood of Patriots and Tyrants. It is their Natural Manure.” Our alleged two party system apparently adopted a more destructive for of “ism”; GRADUALISM that has slowly morphed into what President Trump defined as “Drain the Swamp”. They have all willingly and with open arms embraced this “monster” of all the World’s known destructive “isms”. In the real world of reality there are only two kinds of legislation from city hall to “Drain the Swamp”; their favorite and most used is what can be defined as “money bills”. It fills the dreams of every “money grubbing career politician who “sing” the praises to their constituents as in “I brought home the bacon”. The second and rarest of all are sure enough “constructive legislators” who’s acts benefits “We the People” above and beyond the “majority legislators” favorite constituent; the unseen and unknown “Special Interest” they all use to deflect the anger of the “voters” for passing “pure pork”, the favorite diet of these bottom feeders on tax payers money. These are the “TYRANTS” as identified by Jefferson; The “PATRIOTS” are the few citizen/legislatures who are regulated to the back benches’ so the money grubbing majority continue to betray our nation for their personal self enrichment. lee1233

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