Americans patiently waiting for a solution to the worsening border crisis may be in luck.
In an interview Thursday with The New York Times, President Donald Trump first slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her stubborn refusal to even consider negotiating toward a border security compromise and then pithily promised to resolve the crisis himself.
“I think Nancy Pelosi is hurting our country very badly by doing what’s she doing and, ultimately, I think I’ve set the table very nicely. I’ve set the table. I’ve set the stage for doing what I’m going to do,” he said, boosting the hope among conservatives that he’ll soon declare a national emergency.
“I think she’s doing a tremendous disservice to the country. If she doesn’t approve the wall, the rest of it’s just a waste of money and time and energy because it’s desperately needed.”
The remarks were reportedly made after Pelosi held a news conference Thursday afternoon to brag about her alleged “winning” streak and vow to never fund the president’s desired border wall.
“There’s not going to be any wall money in the legislation,” she bluntly said at the presser, referencing the long-term spending bill currently being drafted by Congress.
The president seeks only $5.7 billion to erect a wall along the southern U.S. border. That’s roughly 8,000 times less money than the House speaker’s veritable protege, congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seeks to implement her radical “Green New Deal” agenda.
The president responded to Pelosi’s trash-talking during a meeting later that day with American manufacturers, telling reporters that “a lot of wall is soon going to be under construction.”
“Nancy Pelosi said this morning that there’s not going to be a wall in this deal, but she did say she’d be open to other kinds of physical barriers. Would you accept that?” a reporter asked during the meeting.
“No, because if there’s no wall, it doesn’t work,” Trump replied. “She’s just playing games, so if there’s no wall, it doesn’t work, and we’re building the wall right now. I mean a lot of people don’t know that, but we have a lot of wall under construction. We’ve given out a lot of contracts over the last three, four weeks – good contracts. A lot of wall is soon going to be under construction.”
“By the way, if you go to Tijuana, and you take down that wall, we’ll have so many people coming into our country that Nancy Pelosi will be begging for a wall — she’ll be begging for a wall. She will say, ‘Mr. President, please, please, give us a wall,'” he added in mockery.
Listen to some of his statement below:
The president also addressed the false claim held by Democrats that the southern U.S. border could somehow magically be secured without building a sturdy wall.
“I actually think it’s bad politics. I mean frankly, I think them fighting us on what everybody knows has to be done to have proper security, and you can have other things, but the other things only really work if you have the physical barrier,” he said.
“Without the physical barrier, what are you going to have – drones flying over the 12,000 people? You’re going to have a nice drone doing circles around the 12,000 people that are walking in from Honduras and Guatemala and El Salvador.”
Current/former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have repeatedly confirmed that walls work wonders at reducing illegal crossings.
Yet Democrats continue to ignore the facts and evidence, presumably to appease the members of their radical base, who for some inexplicable reason believe a wall to be “racist” and “immoral.”
Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time. Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and Caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL. I’ve got you covered. Wall is already being built, I don’t expect much help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2019
Americans will have to wait in anticipation for the next two weeks. Unless Congress drafts a spending bill and the president approves it before or on Feb. 15, the government will enter another shutdown again. And since Democrats clearly refuse to negotiate, only two options remain: for the government to shut down, or for Trump to declare a national emergency.
In the meantime, a growing chorus of conservatives are using social media to tell the president exactly what they think he should do next:
#tcot #tlot #teaparty @FriscoTeaParty @FriscoTeaParty @realDonaldTrump @TPPatriots This should come as no surprise to anyone, it was a given. @POTUS should pull the plug now & declare a national emergency & build the WALL in earnest now, today. Start the weekend off with a BANG!
— Dennis Scharp (@wicacotx) February 1, 2019
So once again, @SpeakerPelosi today says absolutely no funding for the WALL. @realDonaldTrump time to stop playing games with this evil bitch and Declare a National Emergency and build the wall. Then we can see the 9th circuit court and Nancy’s head EXPLODE.
— Michelle T (@michelleT2323) January 31, 2019
@realDonaldTrump Here’s a thought! If DemoRats are refusing to fairly negotiate on the WALL, don’t wait on February 15th!
DECLARE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY NOW!
SEND MORE MILITARY to the border!
CATCH AND R E T U R N ! pic.twitter.com/oZoG5WWV1U
— G J (@Vet47Army) February 1, 2019
DEAR MR PRESIDENT DECLARE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY NOW BEFORE MUELLER HAS A CHANCE OF MAKING HIS REPORT PUBLIC, PELOSI IS BANKING ON YOU KEEPING YOUR WORD WHILE SHE AND SCHUMER KEEP BREAKING THERE WORD!!!!
— kem swenson (@kem_swenson) February 1, 2019
DECLARE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY NOW! THE SOONER THIS HAPPENS THE SOONER THE SUPREME COURT RULES IN YOUR FAVOR.
— AZPatriot (@jwest69) February 1, 2019
If and when the president declares a national emergency, Democrats will most likely sue. And due to the makeup of the courts, some left-wing judge somewhere will probably file an injunction. In case that happens, chances are the case will be going to the Supreme Court.
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