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Trump Threatens Years-Long Government Shutdown, Emergency Powers to Build Wall
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49894"><span class="small">Richard Cowan and Jeff Mason, Reuters</span></a>   
Saturday, 05 January 2019 09:19

Excerpt: "President Donald Trump threatened to keep the U.S. government partially shut for months or years on Friday after he and Democratic leaders failed to resolve their dispute over Trump's request for $5.6 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border."

Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, climb down a steep hill near the border wall into the U.S. from Tijuana, Mexico. (photo: Leah Millis/Reuters)
Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, climb down a steep hill near the border wall into the U.S. from Tijuana, Mexico. (photo: Leah Millis/Reuters)


Trump Threatens Years-Long Government Shutdown, Emergency Powers to Build Wall

By Richard Cowan and Jeff Mason, Reuters

05 January 19

 

resident Donald Trump threatened to keep the U.S. government partially shut for months or years on Friday after he and Democratic leaders failed to resolve their dispute over Trump’s request for $5.6 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border.

After Democratic congressional leaders refused Trump’s requests at a meeting in the White House Situation Room, the Republican president threatened to take the controversial step of declaring a national emergency and building the wall without congressional approval.

Trump is withholding his support for a bill that would fully fund the government until he secures money for the wall. As a result, around 800,000 public workers have been unpaid, with about a quarter of the federal government closed for two weeks.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats had told Trump during the meeting to end the shutdown. “He resisted,” Schumer said. “In fact, he said he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time, months or even years.”

Trump confirmed that comment but painted a more positive picture of the meeting, the first since a new era of divided government began when Democrats took control of the House of Representatives on Thursday.

“We had a very, very productive meeting, and we’ve come a long way,” Trump said.

According to a source familiar with the White House discussion, Trump opened the meeting with a speech that lasted at least 15 minutes in which he insisted on the need for billions of dollars to fund a border wall.

The source also said Trump brought up recent impeachment threats during those remarks, arguing that he had notched a strong performance as president and should not be a target for impeachment.

The president later told reporters that Nancy Pelosi, the new Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, said Democrats were not looking to impeach him.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY?

Raising the stakes in his tussle with the newly emboldened Democrats, Trump threatened extraordinary measures to build the wall, which he says is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the United States.

A reporter asked Trump whether he had considered declaring a national emergency to build the wall.

“Yes, I have. And I can do it if I want,” Trump said. “We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country ... I may do it. But we can call a national emergency and build it very quickly. And it’s another way of doing it. But if we can do it through a negotiated process, we’re giving that a shot.”

Emergency powers have been invoked by previous U.S. presidents during times of war.

Senator Jack Reed, the senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, criticized the comments, saying in a statement, “Declaring a trumped up national emergency in order to skirt congressional approval is wrong.”

The U.S. Constitution assigns Congress the power to fund the federal government, so Trump likely would face legal challenges if he tried to bypass Congress on financing the wall. Building a wall - and having Mexico pay for it - was one of Trump’s main promises when he ran for president in 2016.

Trump’s wall project is estimated to cost about $23 billion.

Democrats have called the wall immoral, ineffective and medieval.

Pelosi said Friday’s meeting with Trump was “sometimes contentious” but that they agreed to continue talking.

“But we recognize on the Democratic side that we really cannot resolve this until we open up government and we made that very clear to the president,” she said.

Credit rating agency Moody’s said the shutdown will cause minimal U.S. economic and credit market disruption but there could be a more severe impact on financial markets and the broad economy if the closure is protracted.

A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll last week showed that 50 percent of the public blames Trump for the shutdown and 7 percent blames Republican lawmakers, while 32 percent blames Democrats.

In a Dec. 11 meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, Trump said he would be “proud” to shut the government over the security issue and would not blame Democrats. He has since said they are responsible.

White House officials and congressional staffers will meet at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) on Saturday to try to end the impasse, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters that Trump had named Vice President Mike Pence, senior aide Jared Kushner and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to work over the weekend.

The partial shutdown is straining the country’s immigration system, worsening backlogs in courts and complicating hiring for employers.

Federal agencies such as the Justice Department, Commerce Department and departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior and Treasury have been hit by the shutdown.

House Ways and Means Committee chairman Richard Neal, a Democrat, asked the Internal Revenue Service in a letter on Friday to explain the possible effects of the shutdown on the upcoming tax filing season for millions of Americans.

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-5 # Manacha 2019-01-05 10:30
I read today that Trump wants to take money from the Defense budget to build the wall. I find it perfect: the wall belongs there. On one hand, it would support his claim that the country needs it as protection from "invaders"; on the other, it would take money away from killings abroad. Good solution since it would leave the basic budget intact.
 
 
+2 # Glen 2019-01-06 07:24
Manacha, Trump won't take money from defense. He'll do as he already is - take money from citizens and the decent programs that keep this citizenry viable and educated. We should all be terrified of his possible actions, particularly declaring and "emergency". And I do mean terrified in the literal sense.
 
 
+12 # suzyskier 2019-01-05 11:32
I am disgusted with this child President. Hopefully he will be long gone before he can shut down the government for a long time even years! He’s a bullying 5 year old. He’s never grown up. He is not a successful businessman no matter how many times he repeats that lie. A successful business man does not go bankrupt five or six times and then borrow money from the Saudis and Russians. Why is he still there, you’d have to ask the totally dishonest Republicans. Eisenhower must be rotating in his grave. It’s Democrats vs National Socialists aka Nazis.
 
 
+6 # wilhelmscream 2019-01-05 13:05
Also, have deals w/ Mafia to get Trump Tower built w/o paying Polish construction workers. No one on the Right cares; they endorse slavery and, the KKK!!
 
 
+8 # johnescher 2019-01-05 12:14
I didn't feel like reading the whole article. But how can a partial shutdown for years be anything but a half-assed shutdown. For if it is a full-assed shutdown the former president goes to Mirror de Loghead for good and doesn't go abroad for fear of getting hauled into The Hague. (But of course there is a chance of him doing domestic time.) To simplify things, why doesn't he just quit right now?
 
 
0 # Robbee 2019-01-05 16:14
Quoting johnescher 2019-01-05 12:14:
how can a partial shutdown for years be anything ... why doesn't (dickhead) just quit right now?

- next to taking blame for the shutdown, threatening to shutdown for years is the most helpful announcement dickhead could have made

dickhead has told, in no uncertain words, congress that repukes have to join dems to override his veto!

lets see if repukes have the will to open government? - if they don't, repuke donors, voters and itt omni MUST REVOLT
 
 
+5 # janie1893 2019-01-05 15:19
Trump has deep psychological problems that cannot be fixed with 'a monumental erection' or any other physical entity. It is tragic that he cannot be made to see this because he will not ever stop abusing any power that he thinks he commands.
 
 
+2 # Caliban 2019-01-06 01:55
"The U.S. Constitution assigns Congress the power to fund the federal government, so Trump likely would face legal challenges if he tried to bypass Congress on financing the wall":

"Legal challenges", indeed. I wonder what his current excuse for a lawyer, Rudy G. is telling DT about these legalisms.
 
 
+2 # DongiC 2019-01-06 03:31
We slowly but most assuredly are moving into crisis mode. Trump, terrified with the coming Mueller report and the immediate threat of impeachment and possible conviction with his immediate family involved in the carnage and the possible dissolution of his mighty empire a possible result, is ready, apparently, to risk everything to defend his lamentable position.

When Trump claims a national emergency over the border situation he is entering the land of the surreal. Neither Mexico nor a rag tag bunch of Central American migrants constitute a national emergency. If Trump continues to maintain this proposition, then the leaders of both political parties along with the cabinet should immediately invoke the 25th amendment. The President is no longer fit for office; he presents an existential threat to all of us and should receive emergency treatment.

Now, the situation has taken a very ugly turn. Trump, I maintain, to save himself, risks the entire nation. He has taken an oath to protect and preserve the Constitution of the United States. He is violating that office and should be treated accordingly. The lives and future of all our offspring are at stake. God help everyone!