The White House is finishing plans of a much needed national emergency declaration to make sure President Donald Trump’s border wall happens, even as lawmakers are trying to broker an immigration deal that could postpone another government shutdown in just over two weeks.
White House lawyers as well President Trump met with his budget chief, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Jared Kushner and other top officials, on Tuesday to walk through the logistics of such a move. White House aides have also been quietly meeting with outside conservative political groups to build support for the president to take such an make sure the wall gets built legally. Those talking points, which emphasize Trump’s legal authority, have begun to show up in such conservative media outlets as Breitbart News.
Politico said that behind-the-scenes maneuvers indicate that the administration wants to be poised to quickly declare a national emergency, should Trump choose to do so, by the time Congress hits its Feb. 15 deadline to strike a deal before government funding again runs out. And it signals that White House officials may not have much faith in congressional Republicans to secure the funding in the coming weeks that Trump seeks to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump himself has said the odds of a congressional deal are “less than 50-50.”
One senior White House official told POLITICO the goal is to have such a declaration 100 percent ready and coordinated should Trump decide to move on it rather than scrambling ex post facto to draw up and justify one.
What do you think? Is President Trump correct to call national emergency to get the wall built in case congress fails? One thing is for sure, President Trump is doing his best to keep all of his 2016 campaign promises unlike any other politician we have ever seen.