After President Donald Trump's insistence on southern border wall funding triggered the longest government shutdown in American history, the President caved with a continuing resolution to reopen the government until February 15.
The 35 day shutdown posed a serious threat to Donald Trump's approval rating among his base, compelling the Trump administration to achieve one of the President's foremost campaign promises of the 2016 election without forcing a shutdown.
The alternative isn't pretty.
Trump has previously floated the idea of declaring the situation at the southern border a national emergency, allowing funds previously approved for disaster relief to go instead toward building the wall.
The decision would be controversial to say the least, which is likely why a CBS News Poll shows that 66 percent of Americans think Trump should not declare a national emergency if Congress doesn't acquiesce to demands for a wall. Seventy-three percent of Americans believe that the President and Congress should instead keep negotiating while the government remains open.
CBS/YouGov poll • Americans say 66-34% Trump should NOT declare a national emergency to pay for a border wall • A… https://t.co/TE701sPDtF— Sahil Kapur (@Sahil Kapur)1549210121.0
Though the majority of Americans oppose declaring a national emergency, an overwhelming number of Republicans support it. Seventy-three percent of Americans on the right think that Trump should pursue the option if Congress doesn't agree to fund the wall. The party is more divided, however, on whether or not Trump should force another shutdown, with 50 percent believing he should and 50 percent believing negotiations should continue under an open government.
However, there is ample evidence to prove that the situation at the southern border—with illegal crossings at their lowest in decades—isn't an emergency at all.
Trump did nothing for two years. And illegal border crossings are way down. Congress considered and rejected a wal… https://t.co/MKSkSFdebX— Adam Schiff (@Adam Schiff)1549131844.0
By definition if he’s planned it and he has publicised it as a tactic rather than an bona fide emergency, by defini… https://t.co/9BBS5RN2qw— David (@David)1549263471.0
@sftballmedic11 @JMGallegosJr @derek_mafs @TomiLahren An emergency is american poverty, an emergency is unclean dri… https://t.co/fH8pDVQREl— Zack Williams (@Zack Williams)1549247636.0
@realDonaldTrump There's supposedly this huge national emergency at the border. Not really an emergency if you can… https://t.co/0uSxk3bZEb— JD (@JD)1549230247.0
Though many think that Trump will dismiss the polls, as they don't bolster his talking points.
@thehill Polls? Really? He listens to the ones in his favor, and the rest are FAKE NEWS. His world is simple, but b… https://t.co/OnQDUY51xy— Donna Marie (@Donna Marie)1549211494.0
@thehill As if Trump cared about facts and statistics...— Debunking Denialism (@Debunking Denialism)1549211371.0
@thehill Trump: enough of the gosh darn charts. It's getting boring! Yawn! Southern border is not a National Emerge… https://t.co/T64YhoBI9R— J Terrell (@J Terrell)1549212059.0
@thehill Since when does #badape care what the American people want?— Buckeye Beat (@Buckeye Beat)1549211512.0
Meanwhile, many Republicans are rabid for the President to build the wall.
Often citing erroneous and racially charged claims, many of the President's devout Twitter followers are urging him to follow up on the promise he made in 2016 by any means necessary.
Declare a State of Emergency and build the wall, whatever it takes. If you don’t, you’re screwed in 2020 but more… https://t.co/i40W9yTWjl— Tomi Lahren (@Tomi Lahren)1548787061.0
History repeats itself #BuildTheWall https://t.co/U8VIYDmBZQ— 🇺🇸RosieOnTheRight (@🇺🇸RosieOnTheRight)1549063465.0
President @realDonaldTrump declared National Emergency on Southern Border. 7Billion plus to build wall. American li… https://t.co/JEHFoZZveC— Pastor Mark Burns (@Pastor Mark Burns)1548394029.0