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Video || Trump Mocks Acosta for Border Flub: “I Appreciate Your Salesmanship”

Acosta Thursday, covering a trip to the Rio Grande with President Trump, accidentally promoted Trump’s border wall idea while attempting to show the lack of a crisis by noting there were no people trying to cross the border — as he stood next to a wall.

Pelosi Doesn’t Rule Out a Border Wall Deal

According to the Washington Examiner:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday didn’t rule out the possibility of broad immigration reform deal to end an impasse between Democrats and President Trump over border wall funding. 

When asked if she’s open to exchanging border wall funding for a deal to legalize Dreamers, those younger immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children, she said, “We have always stood ready to discuss comprehensive immigration reform and, of course, the Dreamers.” 

She told reporters, however, that Democrats and the Trump administration “haven’t had that discussion” and are instead caught in a fight over the wall funding.


Trump Appears Headed Toward “Emergency” Declaration

President Trump today heads to the Rio Grande, where he will receive briefings on border security and on the effort to combat illegal immigration.

I think he’s putting his ducks in a row.

The president is probably going to soon declare an “emergency” exists and the border and start moving money so he can build the wall. It’s an existential issue for him. He cannot go back on the campaign trail if his signature promise is not at least partially being realized.

Trump right now is trying to show that he has done everything he can before resorting to an emergency declaration. He has met three times this week with Democrats, trying to strike a deal. They refuse to budge one inch, knowing that they’ll get slammed by their own base if they do.

I suspect both Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi actually want a deal, because the money we’re talking about, in terms of government spending, is so small. And the wall would only be partially built. But then they’d have to deal with Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, etc.

After having done all he can with Democrats, gone to see the border for himself, and delivered a national address on the issue, Trump will be in a position to say, I tried, and I’ve seen the problem, I’ve explained it to the American people, and now we’ve got to do something.

Democrats will argue, and the press will trumpet, that there is no emergency because things haven’t gotten worse recently. But that’s a red herring. Because what hasn’t been recognized is that hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants attempting to cross each year, and 11 million residing in the United States, is an emergency, and has been for a long time.

WSJ: Trump May Legally Be Able to Declare Wall an “Emergency” and Build It

There would be a massive fight, however. But the government will reopen, and Democrats will have to decide whether they want to battle President Trump over a national security issue.

Trump will address the nation on the issue this evening at 9:00 pm ET.

From the Wall Street Journal:

A move by Trump to build a border wall might survive court challenges, but Congress could take steps to defund it.

One federal law states that when there is a declaration of war or a national emergency requiring the armed forces to respond, the secretary of defense can “undertake military construction projects…that are necessary to support such use of the armed forces” from the Pentagon construction budget without prior approval from Congress.

Costs for the wall likely would include not only design and construction, but also purchase, potentially through condemnation, of private property along the border.

Still, Mr. Trump’s ability to redirect congressional appropriations this way could be short-lived. “We would look at every available [option] to stop this power from being abused, and that would range from a court challenge to changes to future appropriations bills” to block any construction of the wall, a Democratic House aide said.

Currently, $13.3 billion in the Pentagon budget may be available, according to a congressional aide, enough to cover the $5 billion that Mr. Trump is seeking for the border wall. That would have to be diverted from projects such as military housing that Congress previously authorized.

Trump Presses for “Nuclear Option” to Get Wall Funding with 50 Votes

The Democrats would totally do this.

They are the ones that started getting rid of the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster, doing it in order to confirm lower-court judges. Then Republicans applied it to Supreme Court nominees. And now, President Trump says, it’s time to permit legislation to pass with just 51 votes, or 50 if the vice president is used as the tiebreaker in favor.

Perhaps the next step is another limited one, applying it just to spending bills. You can already pass what’s known as a “budget resolution” that provides a general blueprint for spending with 50 votes. How about the spending itself?

It’s the only way Trump will get $5 billion for his wall. Although it is possible Democrats will compromise if there is an extended shutdown and give him a portion of what he wants, even with the filibuster. But I doubt it.

Trump Stands His Ground, Won’t Sign Bill Without Wall Funding

President Trump finally heard enough from the base and has decided not to sign a spending bill that would fund the government for nearly two months without providing money for a southern border wall.

A government shutdown could occur Saturday morning. If Trump had not stood his ground, he might well have been finished in 2020.

IMO.

From the Washington Examiner:

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans will rewrite a last-minute spending bill to include President Trump’s demand for border security funding, after Trump told them he wouldn’t sign the bill without that money.

“We just had a very long productive meeting with the president. The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came over from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security,” Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters outside the White House after meeting with Trump.

Ryan said they also have “very serious concerns” about securing the U.S.-Mexico border.

House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Trump thinks the bill as passed by the Senate is just “kicking the can down the road.”

GoFundMe Campaign for Trump Border Wall Raises Over $3 Million in Three Days

A veteran who was severely wounded in the Iraq War has started a GoFundMe page to raise money to build a wall between the United States and Mexico

The page as of 8:00 am Thursday had raised more than $3 million from more than 50,000 people in just three days. The goal is to raise $1 billion. No doubt the fundraising will accelerate as the page gains greater publicity.

“My name is Brian Kolfage, I have a verified blue check facebook page as a public figure and I’m a Purple Heart Recipient triple amputee veteran,” the man who launched the fundraiser writes on the page.

President Trump is close to being defeated in his efforts to obtain $5 billion in funding this year for the wall. The Senate last night passed legislation that would maintain government funding at current levels until February in order to avoid a shutdown. Trump still has not said whether he will sign the bill

Trump Had Better Fund the Wall or Shut Down the Government

There is one thing that was central to President Trump’s campaign. Greater and more profound than any promise he made. That he would build a wall between the United States and Mexico. 

The White House is now backtracking from threats to close down the government if Trump does not get $5 billion he requested for the wall. They are talking about moving money from other accounts, which I’m not sure they can do without congressional approval. Democrats aren’t budging. They will give him no money for the wall.

This is the last chance Trump has to get any money for the wall, with Democrats taking over the House. His base knows that. The base that voted him into office.

If he flies to Mar-a-Lago Friday for a week of golf without either money for the wall or a government shutdown that shows he was serious, he might as well stay there, because he will not be reelected.

Sarah Sanders Suggests Trump May Take Less Than $5B for Wall

The human element always enters here. Frankly, President Trump wants to head to Mar-a-Lago and play golf for a week. Nobody in Congress wants to hang around Washington for Christmas. There’s not going to be a government shutdown. According to the Washington Examiner: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders hinted Tuesday morning that President Trump… Continue Reading