‘If they’re not going to give money for the wall … it’s not going to work…’
(John T. Bennett, CQ-Roll Call) After capitulating to Democratic leaders last week by agreeing to a three-week resolution to end a monthlong shutdown, President Donald Trump reminded reporters on Thursday that the fight was far from over.
If the two parties fail to reach an acceptable compromise, a second shutdown could again take effect, impacting nine Cabinet agencies and smaller offices, while leaving 800,000 federal workers furloughed without paychecks.
Trump said he will wait to see if a border security spending deal can be struck before deciding whether he will use a national emergency declaration to access border wall funding within the Pentagon budget.
“If they’re not going to give money for the wall … it’s not going to work,” he said of Democratic members involved in House–Senate border security talks. His comment came about an hour after Pelosi said any legislation that panel produces will not propose a single penny to his proposed wall.
Democrats and left-leaning groups, however, also said a national emergency would bring immediate legal challenges.
One former White House official earlier this week told Roll Call those legal challenges likely would move quickly through the court system, with the big question being whether the U.S. Supreme Court would break with its decades of precedent by siding against a sitting president’s ability to decide when national security is at risk.
The president said he would not “waste my time reading what they have” if the House-Senate panel releases legislation that excludes wall funding.
“By having the (recently concluded) shutdown, we set the table” for what would happen come Feb. 15 and no deal headed to his desk or already signed.
The president then repeated his cryptic claim: “We’ve set the stage for what’s going to happen.”
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