President Trump visited the border in McAllen, TX to take a look at his victory over the Democrats.
While Democrats may not want to admit it, they have lost the battle and the war on the border “barrier”. Trump’s visit to McAllen made that clear.
Trump simply has no way to lose on this issue. As AP reported,
Taking the shutdown fight to the Mexican border, President Donald Trump edged closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an extraordinary end run around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall. Pressure was mounting to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, cutting scattered services and leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.
Trump, visiting McAllen, Texas, and the Rio Grande to highlight what he says is a crisis of drugs and crime, said that “if for any reason we don’t get this going” — an agreement with House Democrats who have refused to approve the $5.7 billion he demands for the wall — “I will declare a national emergency.”
President Trump won’t have to declare a national emergency. Because that’s the last thing Democrats want to do is have the border wall seen as such. They need this discussion to be about funding.
As the AP article continues, you can see how they pivot to the 800,000 government workers and the shutdown.
Some 800,000 workers, more than half of them still on the job, were to miss their first paycheck on Friday under the stoppage, and Washington was close to setting a dubious record for the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history. Those markers — along with growing effects to national parks, food inspections and the economy overall — left some Republicans on Capitol Hill increasingly uncomfortable with Trump’s demands.
Of course the media presents the Republicans as being not united over the issue. However, it is the Democrats who suffer most over this.
Regardless, the president kept the issue on what’s most important.
Asked about the plight of those going without pay, the president shifted the focus, saying he felt badly “for people that have family members that have been killed” by criminals who came over the border.
How smart is that? Trump knows what issues trump other issues. And America will put people lives over government workers’ paychecks. President Trump knows this. And he also knows that he has the nuclear options.
Trump can use presidential emergency powers to construct the wall without worrying about Congress. And if he does press the nuclear button, he’s been assured by his attorneys that he can do this without worry, “100 percent”.
Democrats already positioned Trump as a dictator. And a move like this will provide fuel for them. So Trump can expect legal challenges. Nevertheless, if he goes this route Trump will easily win these battles. But more importantly, his ability to market the court fight frightens Democrats beyond belief.
And Trump moves towards this option as he directed the Army Corps of Engineers to look for billions of dollars earmarked last year for disaster response for Puerto Rico and other areas that could be diverted to a border wall as part of the emergency declaration. In truth, President Trump has many other options.
As we come to the brink of the longest government shutdown in history, don’t expect the President to blink. Even if he uses national security as a nuclear option, he will need ongoing funding for any eventualities. What he doesn’t want is to have to go to Democrats for any reason.
Further, what he does need is a bona fide win against Democrats. He needs to prove that he can make them back down, particularly given that Democrats now control the House.