In an early Monday morning tweet, President Donald Trump revealed his “back door” into conceivably funding additional border security without seeking congressional approval.
His grand plan? Declaring a national emergency via executive action.
“Congressman Adam Smith, the new Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, just stated, ‘Yes, there is a provision in law that says a president can declare an emergency. It’s been done a number of times.’ No doubt, but let’s get our deal done in Congress!” Trump wrote.
Congressman Adam Smith, the new Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, just stated, “Yes, there is a provision in law that says a president can declare an emergency. It’s been done a number of times.” No doubt, but let’s get our deal done in Congress!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2019
Trump wouldn’t be the first president to utilize executive actions in order to sidestep a gridlocked Congress.
In 2014, former President Barack Obama issued an order to raise the minimum wage of some federal employees by nearly $3/hr.
The power and legality of presidential executive orders have been under intense scrutiny since former President George W. Bush’s war on terror.
Fighting a gridlocked legislative branch throughout his entire term, the president has struggled to pass anything since the historic GOP tax reform bill late 2017.
Nancy Pelosi, the newly elected Speaker of the House, has sent a clear message that she will do whatever it takes in order to stop construction of the southern border wall.
When asked whether Democrats would approve “even a dollar” for construction of Trump’s border wall, Pelosi replied, “A dollar? A dollar? Yeah, one dollar.”
Later adding, “We’re not doing a wall. Does anybody have any doubt about that? We are not doing a wall. So that’s that. It has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with, the wall is an immorality between countries. It’s an old way of thinking [and] it isn’t cost-effective.”
Meanwhile, the US Government remains shut down and in a budgetary crisis.
Trump has offered one possible compromise to the conflict — steel slats. Trump announced over the weekend that “steel slats” would be sufficient to address the nation’s security problems.
However, many of the president’s supporters have been critical of the move, stating that anything less than a wall is unacceptable.
Ainsley Earhardt of Fox & Friends claimed, “People who voted for him and want the wall, went to the polls to vote for that wall, they want to know how he’s going to do this and they want to know why he seems to be softening his stance this morning.”
The president faces significant pressure from supporters with the upcoming election in 2020 hanging in the balance.
Whether or not the Democrats will agree to steel slats will be a clear indication of just how long this Government shutdown may last.