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Adam Schiff To Trump During Interview: You Don’t Have The Power

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The infamous Border Wall along the border between the United States and Mexico was arguably the most widely publicised campaign promise of Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential race. Now, very nearly two years into his four year term, it has suddenly occurred to him that he should probably make at least some effort to keep that promise. The problem, of course, is that the promise is such an outrageous one that there are a whole bunch of reasons why it really is not feasible.

As a grown man, experienced businessman and, of course, President of the United States and effective leader of the free world, the appropriate response to this would be to employ a modicum of maturity and engage in some sensible, rational thinking to work out the best way forward. Is that what Trump did? Of course not. What he actually did was basically have a big tantrum and wait until he got is way by starting a government shutdown and refusing to budge until the Congressional Democrats agree to fund his ludicrous xenophobic project in full. Except that, thanks to senior Democrats like Rep. Adam Schiff of California, that is probably not going to be anywhere near as simple as he thinks. CNN reports:

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he might declare a national emergency imminently to secure money for his border wall. “I may declare a national emergency dependent on what’s going to happen over the next few days,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for Camp David.

A White House official told CNN on Saturday that Trump was leaning toward declaring a national emergency to use military funding for his wall. Trump has demanded Congress appropriate money for the wall, and his dispute with Democrats over the issue pushed the government into an ongoing partial shutdown.
The idea has met pushback from some, including California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he did not think Trump would be able to use emergency powers to build a wall at the southern border.
“Look, if Harry Truman couldn’t nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this President doesn’t have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion dollar wall on the border,” Schiff said. “So that’s a non-starter.”
Schiff said the burden remained on Trump to move and reopen the government, saying Trump had painted himself into a corner and needed to “figure out how he unpaints himself from that corner.” The congressman also said that if Democrats give into Trump’s demand, it would incentivize the President to attempt further shutdowns in order to extract concessions. “We just can’t afford to do business that way,” Schiff said.
This is what we need – people in government who are not intimidated by the brashness of Trump’s idiocy and are willing to stand up and speak the truth at times like this. Never stop, Schiff!


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