Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is not pleased with President Donald Trump sharing memes about the border wall.
On Saturday, the president shared a Game of Thrones-style meme that featured a border wall, a picture of himself smiling, and the statement “the wall is coming.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2019
Schumer did not see the humor in the meme and responded to Trump’s tweet by complaining that he had “enough.”
“Enough with the memes. Just quit hurting innocent people and re-open the government,” Schumer wrote.
Enough with the memes. Just quit hurting innocent people and re-open the government. https://t.co/7cW20gFriH
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 6, 2019
For quite some time, Trump has been sharing the Game of Thrones-style image on his social media accounts, which is aimed at keeping the attention on the border wall.
The meme Trump used with the phrase “The Wall is Coming” pays homage to the Game of Thrones slogan “Winter is Coming.”
Trump sharing the image signals his determination to get at least $5 billion in funding for the wall along the border between the United States and Mexico.
Over the weekend, staff for top level Democrats met at the White House with Vice President Mike Pence and others to discuss a bill to reopen the federal government and allocate funding to build the wall.
Last month, House Republicans voted 217-185 to approve a measure that would keep the government open and allocate $5.7 billion for border wall funding.
The bill is now waiting a full vote in the Senate, where lawmakers are hashing it out over funding for border security.
Trump originally wanted $5 billion for border wall funding and Democrats only offered $1.6 billion, which they claimed was a “very generous” offer.
The president has vowed to keep part of the government shut for “months” or even “years” if that’s what it takes to get funding for the wall.
Schumer has accused Trump of “holding the government hostage,” but Democrats are unwilling to strike a deal that would provide substantial funding to secure the border.
Trump has also threatened to declare a national emergency and have the military build his wall.
In fact, House Armed Service Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA, stunned many over the weekend and admitted that Trump has the full authority to use the U.S. military to build the border wall.
During a segment Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Smith said the president has the legal authority to declare a national emergency and use the military to build a wall.
“Well, unfortunately, the short answer is yes. There is a provision in the law that says the president can declare an emergency,” Smith began, with Stephanopoulos visibly not pleased with the answer at all.
“It’s been done a number of times, but primarily it’s been done to build facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq. In this case, I think the president would be wide open to a court challenge saying, where is the emergency? You have to establish that in order to do this. Beyond that, this would be a terrible use of Department of Defense dollars,” Smith continued.
Time will tell what happens next, but Trump has made it clear he’s not backing down from getting the border wall.