Trump will "probably" declare national emergency absent a deal in Congress

Clay Curtis
January 11, 2019

Deutsch later added: "I am President Trump, I hear you, I feel your pain, and that is why I'm declaring an emergency, and that's why I'm opening the government..."

In early December during a televised Oval Office meeting about the shutdown, Trump said, "I'll tell you what, I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck".

"And so I want to ease their anxiety about that particular possibility".

As Professor Andrew Rudalevige wrote in The Washington Post on Thursday, "nothing in the [National Emergencies Act of 1976] says there actually has to be a national emergency - only that the president has to declare one".

"Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans have a responsibility, not simply to wait for the President, but to intervene", Schumer said in remarks on the Senate floor. "I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"

President Donald Trump is winning the battle against Democrats over his border wall demand that has caused a budget standoff and closed down the federal government since before Christmas, MSNBC's Donny Deutsch said.

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"I have the absolute right to do national emergency if I want", President Trump told reporters Wednesday.

Analysts say the declaration would likely be challenged in court as a case of presidential overreach, in which case the wall still could face being blocked.

However, patience with the shutdown is wearing thin as 800,000 federal employees are left unpaid, government contractors are losing money, and people who rely on public services are left waiting for everything to reopen when a bipartisan deal is eventually done. "It requires an agreement between a Democratic House, the Democrats in the Senate and the President".

"Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way", Schumer said.

"Time for President [Trump] to use emergency powers to build wall/barrier", Graham said via Twitter on Thursday. "That is a lie". I think they should be used very judiciously.

On Thursday, US media reported the White House had asked the Army Corps of Engineers to look into the possibility of diverting funds allocated for relief projects in areas damaged by natural disasters, such as Puerto Rico and Florida. Things could only get worse on Saturday, when news outlets and television networks will be able to declare this the longest continuous shutdown in U.S. history. "We hope he (Trump) understands that and that God helps him to change, because his ancestors were migrants too", she said in the Mexican border city of Tijuana.

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