President Donald Trump has repeated that he is willing to declare a national state of emergency to build the boundary wall if Congressional Democrats do not play ball.
& # 39; I have the absolute right to call a national emergency. Other presidents have frankly called many national emergencies for things of less concern than this, "Trump said Saturday night in a live telephone interview with Jeanine Pirro of Fox News.
The government's closure, now the longest ever, dragged itself on its 23rd day on Sunday, when Trump urged $ 5.7 billion to build a border wall of Mexico that Congress Democrats are against.
Performed by Pirro to continue and explain, and in an emergency, Trump said, "Well, that can happen. But I want to give them [Democrats] a chance to see if they can behave responsibly. & # 39;
President Donald Trump has repeated that he is willing to declare a national state of emergency to build the boundary wall if congressional democrats do not play ball
Trump gave a telephone interview with Jeanine Pirro from Fox News on Saturday night
& # 39; And if they do not, if they do not come to your senses, do you know what I will do? We are doing a national emergency. We are ready. It's 100 percent, and I'll have to do that, "he said.
Trump reiterated his argument that crime, illegal drugs and trafficking create a national security and humanitarian crisis at the border and that a wall is needed.
& # 39; We need a wall, very simple. Whether you call it a steel barrier or wall, does not matter, but we need a very strong structure, "Trump said.
Trump also taunted the Democrats for attending a winter retreat in Puerto Rico, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers attended Hamilton's opening night with the creator and original star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
I'd rather see the Democrats come back from their vacation and act, & # 39; Trump said.
& # 39; They do not act, and they are the ones who stop it. It would take me 15 minutes to make a deal and everyone could go back to work. But I would like them to behave responsibly and not act responsibly, and that's it, "he continued.
Trump added: "I have not really left the White House in months, except for a Christmas visit to troops in Iraq and Germany.
The last visit from Trump to one of his holiday complexes was during the Thanksgiving weekend.
Trump also taunted the Democrats for attending a winter retreat in Puerto Rico, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (above) and other lawmakers attended the opening night of Hamilton
Lawmakers are back in Washington from their states and congress districts in the new week.
An emergency statement by Trump could break the stalemate by allowing him to use existing, non-existent money to build the US and Mexico border wall without permission from the US Congress. Democrats are against that step, but may not be able to stop it. Many Republicans are also wary.
In spite of this, the administration has accelerated the planning for this. Officers sold diversion of money from a series of bills, including $ 13.9 billion to Army Corps of Engineers after the deadly hurts and floods of last year. That option seemed to lose steam after an eruption.
Other options included the withdrawal of funds for power reduction, such as money seized by drug cranes, according to a republican republic that was not competent to speak publicly about private conversations. The White House also looked at military building money, another politically difficult choice because it would eliminate a backlog of hundreds of projects.
Trump has been advised by external advisors to declare a national emergency for the crisis & # 39; which he says exists at the southern border. This is because polls suggest that Trump gets the biggest debt for the shutdown.
Trump said he had been waiting in the White House for the Democrats to make a deal. Snow falls on Saturday in the White House when a winter storm arrives
But some in the White House try to put the brakes on. Jared Kushner was one of the opponents of the statement, and he argued against his father-in-law that the pursuit of a broader immigration deal was a better option.
A person who was familiar with thinking in the White House said that during meetings last week the message was that the administration is in no hurry and wants to consider different options. The person was unauthorized to discuss private sessions and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Pelosi argued that Trump is only trying to divert attention from the special research of Robert Mueller and other problems with the White House. & # 39; This is a big diversion and he is a master in distraction & # 39 ;, she told reporters.
Trump has told advisers that he believes that the battle for the wall, even if he never gets money for it, is a political victory for him.
Some external advisors who want him to announce a national emergency say that it can have two benefits.
First, it would enable him to claim that he was the one who had to act to reopen the government. Secondly, inevitable legal challenges would bring the case to court so that Trump could continue the struggle around the wall-and his supporters continue to get excited-while he does not really close the government or immediately demand that he begin construction.
But while that could end the impasse and enable Congress to move to other priorities, some Republicans believe that such a statement would take over the power of Congress and could lead to future democratic presidents taking similar steps to to improve liberal priorities.
& # 39; Most conservatives want this to be the last resort that he would use & # 39 ;, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., A leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, who often speaks to Trump. "But those same conservatives, I'm sure that if he is deployed, he would embrace the fact that he had done everything he could to negotiate with the Democrats. & # 39;