Donald Trump finally called Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi’s bluff.
For months the Democrat leaders in Congress blocked funding for the border wall believing Donald Trump would never cross this one line in the sand.
But President Trump revealed he had one trick up his sleeve to build the wall that left Pelosi and Schumer in tears.
President Trump reluctantly signed a government funding bill that provided for a just 1.375 billion in barrier fence funding.
Democrats believed that their final victory over Donald Trump.
But then the President yanked the rug out from under them.
“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action — including a national emergency — to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared in a written statement.
This set Democrats hair on fire.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer fired off a statement ripping President Trump’s decision.
“Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall.”
Pelosi then went a step further.
The Speaker of the House threatened at a press conference that a future Democrat President would declare a national emergency to impose Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” or to confiscate guns.
Pelosi ranted, “You want to talk about a national emergency? Let’s talk about today, the one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America. That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President?”
“I’m not advocating for any president to do an end run around Congress. I’m just saying that the Republicans should have some dismay about the door they are opening, the threshold they are crossing,” the Speaker of the House concluded.
But the national emergency was not the only card Trump played.
His administration announced they were reallocating an additional 3.1 billion dollars in funding to build the wall.
The administration would reprogram 600 million dollars from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund and 2.5 billion dollars from the Department of Defense’s drug interdiction program to bring the total money Trump is using for wall construction to eight billion dollars.
The 3.6 billion in national emergency funding will likely be tied up in court.
But even if that happens, President Trump still reprogrammed over three billion dollars for wall construction.
The fake news media is likely to play a massive game of “whataboutism” where they try to claim Trump and his supporters who back this move are hypocrites because they blasted Obama for abuse of power by creating the DACA amnesty program.
And unlike Barack Obama who rewrote federal immigration law with illegal executive amnesty, Trump is not abusing executive power.
Congress granted the President wide latitude to declare national emergencies and reprogram unspent federal money.
Barack Obama acted outside of the law,
President Trump is operating well within it.
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