GOP senator says Trump declaration of national emergency wouldn't get wall built

Lamar Ellis
January 14, 2019

He denied this allegation and insisted that the White House couldn't be in chaos due to the fact that "there's nearly nobody in the W.H. but me, and I do have a plan on the Shutdown".

Meanwhile, the pressure on Washington to strike a deal was intensifying as most furloughed workers missed a paycheck for the first time on Friday.

Miami International Airport announced it will have to shut one of its terminals this weekend due to a shortage of security staff caused by high sick leave. "I have the absolute right", he said.

"Democrats could solve the Shutdown in 15 minutes!" he wrote, adding in a separate tweet that "I am in the White House waiting for you".

"We don't want it to come down to a national emergency declaration", said House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Although Trump had publicly raised the specter of declaring a national emergency and using disaster funds to pay for new wall construction, Trump appeared to have at least temporarily backed off that idea as of 11 January 2019.

"I just watched a Fake reporter from the Amazon Washington Post say the White House is 'chaotic, there does not seem to be a strategy for this Shutdown".

Before lawmakers left Washington on Friday, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., attempted to make a similar point as Trump did Saturday about the 2016 election in a floor exchange with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. In addition, 52 percent of respondents said that they did not consider the situation at the US-Mexico border to be a crisis, with only 45 percent describing it as one.

The shutdown on Saturday exceeded the 1995-1996 funding lapse, when Democrat Bill Clinton was president and Newt Gingrich was speaker of the House.

Graham's comments are significant, given that he has been one of the president's biggest allies in Congress, steadfastly urging him not to back down on the wall or else risk an end to his presidency.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives and a key figure in opposing Trump's agenda, said money should be spent in many areas of border security, but not on walls. His tariffs fight with China has brought both sides to the negotiating table. "I don't care what they name it, but we need money for that barrier".

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"Democrats are saying that DACA is not worth it and don't want to include in talks", Trump said Sunday.

As Democrats and the White House continue to negotiate, Sen. "Think? Did I say think?" she said.

After meeting with Trump on Friday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said it was clear to him and the president that "Democrats don't want to make a deal and will never support border wall/barriers".

Eight Republicans also broke rank to vote with the Democrats last week to restore funding to the Treasury Department and the IRS.

But the measures are unlikely to be approved by the Senate, which is controlled by Mr Trump's Republicans. Senior aide Jared Kushner, who traveled with the president to the Texas border on Thursday, was among those opposed to the declaration, arguing to the president that pursuing a broader immigration deal was a better option.

Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana has floated a plan for Trump to tap monies seized from drug cartels to pay for the construction of a border wall.

Trump has long avoided using the Oval Office as a backdrop for his speeches, telling aides that previous presidents looked stilted and "flat" in the standard, straight-ahead camera angle.

However, doing so would require invocation of a national emergency to stand up in court - which may be unlikely. "This is money that would otherwise have gone to the cartels".

But last month Roberts joined the court's liberals in refusing to let Trump start automatically rejecting asylum bids from people who cross the Mexican border illegally.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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