President Donald Trump on Friday teased about invoking emergency powers to enable the construction of a border wall, sparking concerns over a possible power grab amidst his third government shutdown.
The president apparently believes he can bypass Congress, which wields the power of the purse, as the stalemate over border security funding enters its third week.
Trump met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at the White House on Friday to continue negotiating the reopening of the government. No deal was reached as Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are holding firm on their $5 billion demand for a border wall.
During an hour-long press conference, Trump said he is considering declaring a national emergency over illegal immigration.
“We can call a national emergency over the security of our country, absolutely,” Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden. “Now, we can do it. I haven’t done it. I may do it, I may do it.”
Trump said he can “call a national emergency” and erect a border wall “very quickly,” but emphasized that he would prefer to go “through a negotiated process.”
USA Today’s Gregory Korte explains why Trump is wrong.
Still, people are understandably worried that Trump is inching toward dictatorship.
Others think Trump is off his rocker.
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