The government shutdown is now dragging into its third week, and there are serious ramifications for many who are not receiving paychecks. As of yet, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight and Mr. Trump has indicated that he won’t make a compromise on his border wall.
On Sunday, Trump said that he is considering declaring border security a national emergency, which would trigger presidential powers that would allow him to assign the military to build his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to The Washington Times:
‘Some Democrats acknowledged federal law does give Mr. Trump emergency powers, though they signaled they and their allies would try to tie up any such decision in lengthy court battles, in what could be a redux of the travel ban cases.’
On Friday, Mr. Trump first raised this as a possibility during a press conference. He threatened that the shutdown could last months or even years during a meeting with top Republicans and Democrats. Following the meeting, Trump held an hour-long press conference in the White House Rose Garden.
The Washington Times reported:
‘Sen. Lindsey Graham said that after speaking with President Trump this weekend, it’s clear Mr. Trump is holding firm in his demands for border wall money as part of a deal to end a partial government shutdown.’
Senator Graham (R-SC) said:
‘It was pretty clear to me that we’re never going to have a deal unless we get a wall as part of it.’
According to CBS News:
‘Mr. Trump told CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett that he had said in the meeting that the shutdown could continue for over a year. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters after the meeting that Mr. Trump “said he’d keep the government closed for a very long time, months or even years.”‘
‘I did say that. I don’t think it will but I am prepared.’
The president went on to say:
‘It was a great meeting. It may get solved, it may not get solved.’
‘Vice President Mike Pence said he, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and top Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner will be working through the weekend negotiating with top congressional leaders from Capitol Hill. But a Democratic official familiar with the meeting said the phrase “working group” was not discussed in the meeting, although the official expected discussions will continue as they have been.’
Trump also reiterated:
‘I’m very proud of doing what I’m doing.’
Mr. Trump said:
‘We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country. Absolutely. We can do it. I haven’t done it. I may do it. I may do it. But we can call a national emergency and do it very quickly. It’s another way of doing it. But, if we can do it through a negotiated process, we’re giving that a shot.’
The president’s arrogance is stunning. He was brazen enough to say:
‘This really does have a higher purpose than next week’s pay. And the people that won’t get next week’s pay or the following week’s pay, I think if you ever really looked at those people, I think they’d say Mr. President, keep going. This is far more important.’
Once again, Trump proves just how far out of touch with reality he is. At the end of the day, a wall isn’t going to help people pay their bills, or feed and clothe their children. The heinous political stunt continues.
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