Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were gloating.
The Democrats were toasting the fact they believed they had blocked Donald Trump from building his border wall.
But then all hell broke loose in Washington when President Trump declared this state of emergency.
RINO Republicans joined Democrats and agreed to a border security deal that provided only 1.375 billion dollars in funding for 55 miles of border fencing.
But if the Democrats – and RINO Republicans – thought President Trump was going to accept defeat, they were dead wrong.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement announcing the President would sign the spending bill and declare a national state of emergency to gain access to military construction funds to build the wall.
“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,” Huckabee Sanders statement began.
The Press Secretary finished up by writing, “The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country.”
Trump’s supporters in Congress cheered the move.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows tweeted, “Democrats’ refusal to negotiate has rendered Congress inept at doing its job to protect Americans. At this point POTUS is absolutely right to use constitutional executive action authority to build the wall and secure our border. This is a national emergency. I fully support him.”
Alabama conservative Congressman Mo Brooks spoke on the House floor in favor of the President using the National Emergency Act to fund construction for the border wall.
Brooks thundered, “America’s military protects the borders of, and lives in, South Korea, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Europe, and many other countries. America, and Americans, deserve no less protection!”
Establishment Republicans – and many fake news reporters – wrung their hands about Trump’s “norm breaking decision.”
But Trump did not violate any institutional safeguards or break new ground.
The editor of The Federalist, Sean Davis, pointed out that in the last 18 years, Presidents have used national emergency declarations 18 times for appropriations.
“The amount of gaslighting from people who are pretending to oppose border security on process when they actually oppose border security on principle (but don’t want to admit it) is a sight to behold. Since 2001, POTUS has used emergency declarations for appropriations *18 times.*” Davis tweeted.
Some conservatives disapproved of Trump’s move.
They argued a future Democratic President would use the same precedent to enact gun control or the “Green New Deal.”
But Trump supporters argue back that it’s highly doubtful Democrats would accept being stymied by Congress and would have used every means at their disposal to enact their agenda even if President Trump decided not to declare a national emergency.
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