While fielding questions from reporters in the Rose Garden last week, President Trump floated the idea of circumventing Congress and using the military to build his long-promise border wall. “We can call a national emergency because of the security,” he said. “I haven’t done it. I may do it. But we can call a national emergency and build it very quickly.”
If anyone doubted the president was serious, several outlets have since reported that the White House has been discussing the prospect. Negotiations to resolve the issue and re-open the government have not been going well, with Democrats steadfastly refusing to include border-wall funding in a spending bill and Trump refusing to accept a bill that does not include over $5 billion of taxpayer money allocated toward its construction, which could ultimately cost as much as $70 billion. Something has to give. “We can only stay like this for so long,” a White House official told CNN on Saturday. Bringing the military into the picture may seem ridiculous and implausible, but then again so did shutting down the government.
On Monday morning, Trump tweeted something Rep. Adam Smith (D-VA) said Sunday on This Week with George Stephanopolous in an attempt to legitimize a potential national emergency declaration.
Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump 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!
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