House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seems to believe she understands constitutional law better than the dozens of lawyers who work for the Trump administration. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders revealed Tuesday that she staunchly disagrees.
“I would never use Nancy Pelosi as my source of legal authority on probably anything,” she said during a press briefing discussion about funding for a southern border wall.
“But I would use attorneys that work here at the White House and agencies that that’s their entire job is determining whether or not something is legal and we’re looking to those individuals to find out those specific pots of money that can be used for that.”
President Donald Trump had initially sought to force the hand of congressional Democrats by allowing the government to shut down. During a discussion earlier Tuesday on Fox News, Sanders signaled that the president has since changed his mind and wants to avoid a shutdown.
“We have other ways that we can get to that five billion,” she said, indicating that the White House intends to try and fund the president’s southern border wall without congressional approval.
In response, Pelosi reportedly issued a statement claiming the White House lacks authority.
“Are you saying that you think that you have the legal authority? And what are you — I guess — basing that legal authority on, since Nancy Pelosi said today that, in fact, that sort of authority doesn’t exist?” Justin Sink of Bloomberg asked at the press briefing Tuesday.
But as noted by Sanders, Pelosi is not a legal expert.
As of Wednesday morning, only two and a half days remained until a partial government shutdown took effect starting Saturday morning. It remained unclear though whether the administration would indeed accept a funding bill devoid of wall funding.
What was clear was that a large chunk of the president’s base did not want him to accept anything less than a fully funded wall.
Trump ‘Absolutely’ Should Veto Bill with No Border Wall Funding https://t.co/nBqbIaR72k
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) December 18, 2018
“There’s nothing wrong with the Republican Party finally making it clear to the Democrats that there’s not a white flag every time we have a spending fight,” American Conservative Union chair Matt Schlapp argued Monday to Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
“And that’s essentially what we have learned over the years, that we lose these budget fights, shutdowns are bad for our party, so we’re just going to not fight anymore. And I think that is one of the biggest mistakes that my party has learned,” he noted, adding it’s time for Trump to take a stand.
Ingraham concurred: “The people in the White House cannot allow this. They should not stand for this. Bring on the shutdown,” she enthusiastically said.
“For all the bluster and the worry about a government shutdown, we all should realize one thing: With the exception of tax reform … and VA reform, which was good and needed, the government has essentially been shut down — shut down to the will of the American people — for two years.”
Fair point — one that an extraordinary number of social media users agree with.
— Ernie Plumley (@ernie_plumley) December 18, 2018
@realDonaldTrump ‘Absolutely’ Should
Veto ANY Bill
No Border Wall Funding
When We Chanted:
“BUILD THAT WALL”
It Was NOT a Request,
It Was Our VOTE For @POTUS
??And a Mandate??https://t.co/MjzGTPz8KK
— Buster Hyde USMC/Ret (@BusterUSMC) December 18, 2018
What time is it? That’s right, it’s veto time!
— Gary Olson (@garyolson57) December 18, 2018
Please veto!! I want a wall!!
— Carolynmanning (@Carolyn60366285) December 18, 2018
Absolutely, the @realDonaldTrump should veto the bill if it doesn’t include at least $5B for the Border Wall! The American people that voted in 2016 on the promise to secure the southern border. Backing down should not be considered.
— MedicineMan (@RF101A_VOODOO) December 18, 2018
Please, President Trump, stand firm on the fully funded border wall! Many of us, praying to do what’s best, against the morally bankrupt elite establishment that are more worried about their legacies! They just want to be right! They don’t care about Americans being safe! Loser
— Carole Jackson (@CaroleJ72591976) December 19, 2018
Amen. No Cash for Wall No Signing A Bill. Keep DemO in Washington until they agree. Lock them up in theirs Offices on Bread & Water while they wait their turn to be Water Boarded! HA!
— American-Grassroots (@AmericanGrassr1) December 18, 2018
Agreed. Trump must make his stand NOW! If the feeble Republicans cannot stand for the American People now and get the wall funded, then they don’t deserve to take back controll of the House in 2020.
— J Harlan Rosen (@jhr314) December 18, 2018
While it’s unclear how the administration will ultimately proceed, the president did make it known in a tweet Thursday morning that he’s serious about building a southern border wall.
“In our Country, so much money has been poured down the drain, for so many years, but when it comes to Border Security and the Military, the Democrats fight to the death. We won on the Military, which is being completely rebuilt. One way or the other, we will win on the Wall!” he wrote.
In our Country, so much money has been poured down the drain, for so many years, but when it comes to Border Security and the Military, the Democrats fight to the death. We won on the Military, which is being completely rebuilt. One way or the other, we will win on the Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
The only problem is that he’s been issuing the same promise for nearly two years now.
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