Mr. Trump was heavily mocked on Monday during his state visit to London. The president was met with a baseball hat projected on to Madame Tussaud’s with the words “USS John S. McCain, as he made his way to Buckingham Palace.
Mr. Trump did get a break on Monday though when a federal judge ruled against congressional Democrats who temporarily sought to stop him from using military funds for a border wall.
According to MSN:
‘Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, handed the president a needed victory after the White House suffered several losses in legal battles with Democrats in recent days.’
Judge Trevor McFadden stated:
‘This is a case about whether one chamber of Congress has the “constitutional means” to conscript the Judiciary in a political turf war with the President over the implementation of legislation. … [W]hile the Constitution bestows upon Members of the House many powers, it does not grant them standing to hale the Executive Branch into court claiming a dilution of Congress’s legislative authority. The Court therefore lacks jurisdiction to hear the House’s claims and will deny its motion.’
Judge McFadden also said:
‘To be clear, the Court does not imply that Congress may never sue the Executive to protect its powers.’
He argued though that House Democrats do not, in this case, overcome the constitutional burden to establish they have standing in this lawsuit.
According to POLITICO:
‘The House argued that the White House violated the Constitution and federal regulatory law when it sought to transfer roughly $6.1 billion based on authority outlined in two federal statutes related to counter-drug and military construction funds.’
Judge McFadden wrote:
‘Congress has several political arrows in its quiver to counter perceived threats to its sphere of power. These tools show that this lawsuit is not a last resort for the House.’
This was a much needed legal victory for the Trump administration which “has lost two consecutive court battles with Democrats related to subpoenas for the president’s financial records.”
Earlier this year, Trump declared a national emergency at the border in order to tap pentagon funding to start construction of a wall. However, a federal judge ruled in California last week to block the administration from using some of the funds tapped under the emergency declaration.
Joseph Tobin wrote in The New York Times about the ethics of a border wall. He pointed out that most of those crossing the border are asylum seekers. Tobin wrote:
‘Some people who cross the border are in desperate search of work to support their families. A wall would probably drive them into more remote areas of the desert or mountains, possibly to their deaths, as the forces driving them — violence, persecution and extreme poverty — are more life threatening than a risky border crossing. In fact, close to 8,000 migrants have died in Arizona and parts of Texas since the construction of the San Diego and El Paso sectors of the wall in the mid-1990s.’
Clearly though, as voiced by London on Monday, the rest of the world does not look favorably upon Trump these days.
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