In the next few days, Trump could sign one of the most controversial documents of his presidential career.
A declaration of a national emergency that’d facilitate the release of funds to get the wall built.
Whether or not it’s signed has a great deal to do with whether or not the Democrats will give in to Trump’s admonishments that they assist him in protecting the border.
Democrats have intimated they might grant Trump the funds he needs to build the wall, as long as it’s “not called a wall.”
Here Are the Deciding Factors
While Trump closed out the week saying there’s a good chance he’ll end up declaring a state of national emergency to get the wall built; it’s not a done deal.
Talking with reporters on Friday who wanted to know about the future of the wall he said, “I’m saying, listen closely to the State of the Union, I think you’ll find it very exciting.” He went on to say, “We will be looking at a national emergency because I don’t think anything’s going to happen… “having a national emergency does help the process. It would certainly help the process. What would help a lot is if the Democrats could actually be honest. They’re not being honest … I like to hear what they talk about in their rooms when they go back.”
The threat of using his executive power to declare a state of national emergency didn’t seem likely, and many on the left and the right believed he was just pulling punches.
At would appear that even up until Friday that’s how the majority of the press corp felt. So when they continued to poke and prod Trump let this gem out.
“I’m certainly thinking about it. I think there’s a good chance we’ll have to do that. At the same time, regardless, we’re building the wall. And we’re building a lot of wall,” he said.
Can The Wall Even Be Built?
There seems to a misconception about funding for the wall. People seem to believe that the 5.7 billion dollars Trump has requested aren’t even available for the construction of the border wall. Trump’s response should put to rest any doubts as to whether or not the U.S. will be able to finance it.
“We’re already appropriated … it’s already done.”
The fact that money is there and ready to be spent leads Trump as well as many of his supporters to believe the main opposition to the wall is political.
President Trump opined about the situation and pointed a finger at the Democrats for getting in the way.
He said in the press pool conference “I don’t think Democrats want border security. And when I hear them talk about the fact that walls are ‘immoral’ and walls ‘don’t work’ – they know they work. I watched somebody being interviewed the other day by a very good anchor and the anchor was getting angrier and angrier when he tried to explain how a wall doesn’t really have much of an impact and yet thousands of people are on one side of the wall and nobody’s on the other side of the wall.”
“The chant now should be ‘Finish the Wall!’ because we’re building a lot of wall. And I started this six months ago … because I could see we’re getting nowhere with the Democrats, we’re not going to get anywhere with them, it’s going to be part of their campaign, but I don’t think it’s good politically,” he said.
“I think Nancy Pelosi should be ashamed of herself because she’s hurting a lot of people. I think the Democrats should be ashamed of themselves. In all fairness to the Democrats, many of them want the wall, and I see it. They’re just dying to say what they want to say, but they can’t say it as well as they would be able to if they were allowed to do it,” he added.
At this point it should appear obvious, Trump’s decision to use a controversial state of national emergency document isn’t rooted in political gamesmanship but ultimately in the protection of our sovereign nation.
“It’s very hard to do human trafficking through ports of entry because you have people standing there saying, ‘He,y what’s going on in the backseat?’ ‘What’s going on in the trunk?’ They check these things. So (human traffickers) come into areas where you don’t have the barriers,” he said.