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House Blocks Trump Emergency Decree

But the vote is well short of veto-proof. Republicans succeeded on corralling most of their caucus, some of whom no doubt opposed Trump’s emergency decree but were scared politically to oppose the president.

According to the Washington Examiner:

The House voted Tuesday to revoke the national emergency President Trump declared in order to spend federal money to build a physical barrier on the southern border without congressional approval. 

The joint resolution passed 245-182 with the help of 13 Republican votes. It now heads to the Senate, where many lawmakers predict it will pass with the help of at least four Republicans who oppose Trump’s emergency declaration. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate would vote on the measure by mid-March.

Trump to Declare National Emergency After Signing Spending Bill

President Trump said he had other ways to fund his wall. He was serious.

“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,” White House Press press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday afternoon. “The president is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country.”

Trump Tries to Keep Conservatives from Attacking Him on Border Deal

Prominent conservative media figures are once again trying to convince him not to go for it, as they did successfully last time when they changed his mind and got him to force a shutdown. This time, they’re not going to succeed.

President Trump appears ready to sign a spending deal that would avert a government shutdown but provide only skimpy funding for his proposed wall.

So Trump is trying to assuage conservatives, according to the New York Times:

As he inched closer to reluctantly accepting a bipartisan spending compromise without the money he demanded for his border wall, Mr. Trump offered no acknowledgment on Wednesday that his pressure tactics had failed even as aides sought to minimize the damage by tamping down criticism on the right.

One call was made to Lou Dobbs, a favorite of Mr. Trump’s whose Fox Business Network show he often tries to catch live. Another was placed to Sean Hannity, the Fox host who regularly talks with the president. The message: Mr. Trump deserved support because he still forced concessions that he would never have gotten without a five-week partial government shutdown.

Even so, it was arguably the most punishing defeat Mr. Trump has experienced as president, and it left the White House scrounging for other ways to pay for a wall on the southwestern border and rethinking its approach to a Congress now partly controlled by Democrats. The agreement that lawmakers produced this week would allocate $1.375 billion for fencing along the border, even less than was on the table at one point last year. 

Mr. Trump argued that the shutdown had been useful because it educated the country about troubles at the border and, if nothing else, he has framed the national debate on his terms. That did not completely assuage conservatives. Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina and the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, contradicted the White House line and declared that the agreement was “a bad deal for the president.”

Should conservatives feel reassured? Should conservative opinion leaders leave Trump alone this time around? What do you think?

Poll: Half of Voters Support Southern Border Wall

A new Politico poll shows rising numbers of voters backing President Trump’s call for a border wall, with 47 percent now supportive and 47 percent against.

This is huge political news for Trump. Think about it, half the country backs his key campaign promise, even as the media and all the Democratic candidates bash it relentlessly. You combine that information with a strong economy and the extreme leftism of the Democratic field and you are again looking at Trump wiping out his Democratic opponent in the Midwest and other sensible places.

Trump’s approval rating jumped from 41 to 45 percent in just one week, suggesting he is at leat not losing the war of words on the wall. Also, I think, many voters are recoiling from these Democrats as they announce their plans to run for Chief Commissar of the United States.

Trump: “Good Chance” of an Emergency Declaration to Build Wall

President Trump today told reporters that he is pessimistic about negotiations with Democrats over funding for a wall on the southern border and that there is a “good chance” he’ll declare an emergency and get it built that way.

Trump, who spoke to reporters at the White House, suggested he’ll announce his plans during the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

From the White House transcript:

TRUMP: I think there’s a good chance that we’ll have to do that. But we will, at the same time, be building — regardless, we’re building wall and we’re building a lot of wall. But I can do it a lot faster the other way.

QUESTION: Are you saying that you will — that we should be prepared for you to announce at the State of the Union what you are going to do?

TRUMP: Well, I’m saying listen closely to the State of the Union. I think you’ll find it very exciting.

Pelosi Offers Trump “Normandy Fencing”

I don’t know. Might stop some cattle from illegally immigrating.

According to the Washington Examiner:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she could support a border security deal that adds new Normandy fencing along about 30 miles of open border.

But she won’t bring a bill to the floor that includes Trump’s vision for a wall or steel-slat barrier, she said.

Pelosi said she’d back Normandy fencing used to finish approximately 700 miles authorized by the 2006 Secure Fence Act. A 2017 government report determined about 50 miles of that authorized fencing are incomplete, although Republicans have put forward higher estimates. Pelosi said only 30 miles are incomplete.

Normandy fencing includes movable barriers that allow vehicles to pass through and the barriers are low enough to climb over. Pelosi said that’s as far as she’ll go on a barrier.

“If the president wants to call that a wall, he can call it a wall,” Pelosi said. “Are there places where enhanced fencing, Normandy fencing, will work? Let them have that discussion.” 

Normandy fencing

Trump Changes Strategy, Starts Emphasizing the Word “Wall”

After spending weeks trying to placate Democrats by suggesting they could call his border wall something else, President Trump is now not only insisting that it will be a “wall,” but he’s referring to existing barriers as walls.

This means at least one of two things. First, he has definitely given up on negotiating a deal with Democrats. Calling what the stuff he wants to build a wall means he can forget about compromising with them, not that they were going to compromise anyway. Second, it could also mean he has decided to declare the situation at the border an emergency and have the military build the wall.

Or maybe not. He’s also calling existing barriers, which continue to be built and repaired, walls. That sounds like he may have given up on building an actual new wall and wants to campaign on things that are already there and on things short of an actual wall that are being built by terming them walls.

My bet is that he will declare an national emergency. But the problem with this is that once a Democrat becomes president, they will declare health care, the climate, or school snack time a national emergency and do whatever they want. They will probably do this anyway, but it’s periloous to set the precedent.

Trump’s New Slogan: Build a Wall and Crime Will Fall

Sounds like the kind of thing Jesse Jackson used to love to do. He was constantly rhyming his ideas.

But the White House has put forth a relatively sophisticated PR campaign for the wall, with constant Trump appearances, public commentary, and social media posts – not to mention an Oval Office address – promoting his position. A slogan is probably a pretty good idea, even though the crowd that imagines itself as so much more sophisticated than Trump will snicker.

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. Glad to see the steel slats are deterring illegal… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading