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Trump says he has the absolute right to declare a national emergency over the border wall.
President Trump, as he left the White house on Thursday to visit the U.S.-Mexico border, is escalating his warnings that he would declare, a national emergency, the realization of his long-promised wall, if he can’t reach a deal with Congress on funding of border security and solve the partial government shutdown.
The President said at the turf reporters at the White house, that he declare an “absolute right” to, a national emergency, as the government’s drive occurs on day 20 of the partial shutdown.
“I have to explain the absolute right to a national state of emergency, the lawyers have said so advised me,” Trump. “I’m not willing to do that, but if I must, I will.”
He added: “If this does not work, probably, I’m going to do it. I would say almost definitely. This is a national emergency. … If we don’t make a deal, I would say that it would not be very surprising to me that I have to declare a national emergency.”
The President has repeatedly threatened to declare an emergency, and can use the visit to the border on Thursday as part of its decision-making process. The National Emergencies Act grants to explain to the President broad powers to emergency when such a Declaration would almost certainly be legal challenges.
But the President maintained that he would rather come to an agreement with the Democrats-despite a meeting with Democrats ends a day early, abruptly, as he went to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to support migrant funding.
“Either we win, or a compromise. I’m okay, to make a compromise—a compromise is said in my vocabulary is very strong,” Trump. “I think a compromise is a victory for all, otherwise, I can declare a national emergency.”
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He went on to say that Democrats have been taken over “by a group of young people, some of them, I have observed, I actually think you’re crazy.” Apparently referring to the freshman Democratic legislators who were vocal about their progressive political goals, he said, “they have not been taken over by a group of people who care about gangs, human trafficking and drugs. They don’t care about anything. I’ll tell you what, you have to be crazy.”
Meanwhile, Trump has become more of the criticism, and to the Congress for the money for the construction of a border wall, although he promised repeatedly during his 2016 presidential campaign, Mexico would have to pay
Addressing the controversy on Thursday, he said: “I never thought you would write a cheque. … When I said Mexico, not pay for the wall in front of thousands and thousands of people, obviously, that you are going to write a check.”
Instead, Trump claims that the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA), the pay as “incredible,” Mexico”, indirectly to the wall.” The deal, though, was not passed in Congress.
The president’s comments came as he and the White house for a trip to the border with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, acting chief of staff of the White house and Mick Mulvaney and senior Advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. A White house source said, Fox News, the new White House Counsel Pat Cipollone is also said to travel with the President, but the source, its presence has nothing to do with a possible Declaration of a national emergency.
Democrats complained about the trip.
“This is not leadership, it is the chaos,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement. “800,000 workers furloughed or working without pay … The American people, demanding an end to the Trump shut down. The house has already a party to overarching legislation at the end of the Trump down, and the Democrats are willing to enact a law to Fund common-sense, effective border security. The President should cancel his publicity stunt, the stay in Washington, and at the end of the shutdown crisis that he created.”
The government part of the financing to the delivery. Dec. 22, forcing hundreds of thousands of Federal workers and foreign companies work without pay, or to just stay home. Since then, the Republicans and Democrats in a standoff over border security. The President requests $ 5.7 billion for the construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but Democrats have vowed to block the request.
Last week, house Democrats passed a bill to Finance the Department of Homeland Security, which concluded the supervision of the construction of the wall, at the current level until the end of February. 8, with a 1.3 billion dollars for the border security—a number that required far less than trump. Senate Republicans, who have not recorded yet.
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Trump and administration officials have had several meetings with Democrats in the last few days. On Wednesday, Trump went out of the meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said Trump had a “tantrum.”
Trump refused the account, although he went out. He tweeted Thursday morning, “Cryin’ Chuck” Schumer, ” said his favorite lie, when he used his standard sound bite that I ‘banged the table and walked out of the room. He had a tantrum.’ Because I knew he would say, and Nancy said no, to the right border of safety, I said politely, bye-bye and left, not slamming!”
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He told reporters on Thursday: “I have a tantrum, I didn’t smash the table. … I should have.”
Fox News’ John Roberts, and Gregg Re contributed to this report.