Graham says Trump isn't giving in on border wall

Adjust Comment Print

A Donald Trump ally says the president isn't giving in on his demands for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border - the issue that's led to a partial government shutdown now in its 23rd day. They complained about Obama as "king", "emperor" or "tyrant".

But Trump on Friday afternoon backed off his recent threats to declare an emergency.

"Does the president have the right and the ability to do it? Yes".

It said that most smuggling is done "through USA ports of entry (POEs) in passenger vehicles with concealed compartments or commingled with legitimate goods on tractor trailers". "Yes", Meadows told reporters this week. That would put one hell of a dent in our production capabilities, and there might be more ways in which a White House could act under emergency powers to force an end to the use of fossil fuels for energy.

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.

President Trump enjoyed a snow-filled Sunday from the White House and lamented that he couldn't share the breathtaking view with the American people - but a short time later, his wife showed him how, posting images of the blanketed front lawn.

"This is not something you would want to do", said Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, now the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

"We need to look at the facts", she said. "The Democrats are forcing him into a choice of doing the national emergency because they won't sit down and discuss it".

The federal government has entered Day 22 of a partial government shutdown, becoming the longest closure in USA history.

Despite Trump's go-slow message, momentum grew in some corners for some sort of emergency declaration. Trump should stick to his guns and his campaign promise and get the wall built however long the shutdown lasts. The poll finds that 42 percent of Democrats who oppose the wall say congressional Democrats should refuse to budge even if it extends the shutdown; 37 percent say they should compromise with Trump.

The Democrats have threatened immediate legal action if Mr Trump declares a national emergency.

Trump was slated to spend the day speaking by phone to staff and lawmakers, one White House official said. It would likely bring an immediate court challenge from Democrats who say there is no emergency at the border and that the president would be overstepping his constitutional authority. The courts did not allow President Harry Truman to nationalize the US steel industry during the Korean War.

"I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked".

But what cuts to the core of the concern on Capitol Hill is the executive branch wading into legislative domain to shift money Congress has already approved to the wall.

But since Tuesday night's address, Trump has complained that he looked lifeless and boring, according to a Republican close to the White House who was not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill objected to the administration eyeing shifting unspent disaster funding Congress approved previous year for Army Corps of Engineer projects to help hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, Texas and other areas to pay for the wall.

Democrats, meanwhile, seem determined at all costs to prevent a president who relishes campaign rally chants of "build the wall!" from getting a win.

He said, "I will tell you that I will oppose any reprogramming of Harvey disaster funds". The longer this government shutdown continues, the harder it will be for the Democratic Old Guard to keep those voices in line.

A couple of minutes later, First Lady Melania Trump tweeted out serene photos of the snow-covered lawn.

But he prefers a negotiated settlement with Congress.

"I have the absolute right to do it".