President Trump Says Wall Will Be Built With or Without Congress

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President Trump Says Wall Will Be Built With or Without Congress
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President Trump Says Wall Will Be Built With or Without Congress
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While speaking to reporters earlier today, President Trump said the border wall between the United States and Mexico will be built “one way or another.” He went on to say that some of the wall is already being built, and he expects to have 115 miles or more built “very shortly.” The president declined to comment on rumors that he will declare a national emergency, saying his plan to fund the wall will be clearly presented following Tuesday’s State of the Union Address.

This is not the first time President Trump has made it clear that he plans to extend the border wall regardless of whether or not Democrats in congress are willing to compromise. Many have suggested that President Trump will soon declare a national emergency to construct more of the wall. However, Senator Rand Paul and others have proposed using military funds, in conjunction with a drawdown of troops in the Middle East, in order to fund the wall.

The heated dispute over a border wall seemed inevitable following President Trump’s meeting at the White House with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in early December. During the meeting, Schumer and Pelosi both repeatedly insisted they would be unwilling to negotiate any amount of money toward the construction of a border wall. In response, the President said he would not sign any budget deal that did not provide funding for the wall.

The meeting laid the foundation for the recent government shutdown. Lasting from December 22, 2019 to January 25, 2019, it was the longest government shutdown in American history. However, current funding is set to expire on February 15th. It is unclear whether or not a compromise will be reached before then.

If President Trump declares a national emergency to build the wall, the decision is expected to be immediately challenged in the courts. The president has said he anticipates pushback from the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit if he declares a national emergency, but has also expressed his belief that the decision would ultimately be upheld by the Supreme Court. If the president does declare a national emergency, it is unclear if he would be willing to keep the government open beyond February 15th while his decision is being challenged in the courts.

The general consensus among political pundits appears to be that President Trump will declare a national emergency to build the wall. However, his recent statements regarding foreign policy in the Middle East may signal the president’s desire to construct the wall using military funds. Politics aside, it seems the president would face far fewer legal obstacles building the wall using military funds.

Earlier today, President Trump directly addressed US foreign policy:

“I inherited a total mess in Syria and Afghanistan, the “Endless Wars” of unlimited spending and death. During my campaign I said, very strongly, that these wars must finally end. We spend $50 Billion a year in Afghanistan and have hit them so hard that we are now talking peace after 18 long years. Syria was loaded with ISIS until I came along. We will soon have destroyed 100% of the Caliphate, but will be watching them closely. It is now time to start coming home and, after many years, spending our money wisely. Certain people must get smart!”

President Trump is expected to make an announcement regarding his plans to construct the wall during his State of the Union Address to the nation. The State of the Union is scheduled for 9 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 5th.

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