US Democrats may have taken the majority in the House of Representatives, but President Donald Trump looks set to show them the limits of their new-found powers.
When it comes to national security, the president holds most of the cards.
And Trump has renewed his threat to declare a national emergency over border security, whilst keeping the current partial government shutdown in place.
Trump says the border will work
Trumps says this next big hit to secure the necessary border is dependant ‘on what happens over the next few days’, as DPA reports.
This is referring to the discussions which began on Saturday about the reality of the wall and will potentially continue through to the middle of this week, seeing as they are yet to achieve any worthwhile results.
Trump is hell-bent on gaining nothing less than the required US$5.6 billion to fund his campaigned US–Mexico border. This newest nation-changing threat comes at the back of the Democratic proposal of $1.3 billion put toward border security that cannot be used to build the wall.
The president certainly isn’t taking no for an answer. And for good reason.
See, this isn’t just some white picket fence to show that the American Dream really is still kicking. This is a border that will hike up security, whilst also controlling and mitigating harmful practices such as illegal migration, human trafficking and illegal drug flow.
DPA reports that Trump told reporters on Sunday:
‘We have to build the wall or we have to build a barrier…It’s a very important battle to win.’
He also sent out an accompanying tweet that same day highlighting the benefits of this border:
‘…Walls Work! 99% of our illegal Border crossings will end, crime in our Country will go way down and we will save billions of dollars a year! A properly planned and constructed Wall will pay for itself many times a year!
And, earlier this morning, the president revealed updated revisions to the border plan as a result of productive discussions being held amongst parliamentary representatives. Trump tweeted:
‘V.P. Mike Pence and group had a productive meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives today. Many details of Border Security were discussed. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the U.S.A.’
No end to shutdown until funding is granted
But there’s still the matter of getting the OK from the Democrats.
Clearly ignorant to the urgency of the border, Trump is having to counteract the Democrats’ blatant refusal in the House for proper funding by putting a bigger spanner in their plans. He is refusing to pass legislation funding the government that does not have room for the wall.
Thus, we are now in day 16 of the partial government shutdown with 800,000 employees being affected.
It’s a difficult method, but one which Trump believes is a necessary evil.
‘You think I like doing this? I don’t like doing this,’ he told reporters, according to DPA.
But Trump explicitly relayed the only way to lift the shutdown in another tweet to the public:
‘Tell the Dems to do the inevitable now, rather than later. The wait is costly and dangerous!’
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