I love this picture of President Trump up above.
I think it’s a perfect representative of the man and his Presidency.
The wind is blowing and Trump’s hair is blowing in the wind, but just look at him….he remains steady. His flag lapel pin is gleaming and he’s giving the thumbs up….and I like to think there’s a small smirk on his face as he looks very resolute!
The metaphor couldn’t be more perfect. Despite everything the enemy tries to throw at him, our Commander in Chief remains rock solid and it’s “thumbs up” and all systems go as the American flag starts to gleam and glimmer like it hasn’t done in decades.
God Bless President Trump!
Ok, but I got side-tracked talking about the photo.
Let’s get to the story.
A report from Fox News confirms that negotiations in Congress are breaking down as Trump’s February 15 deadline looms near.
All eyes will be on the President when that date comes and there’s no deal.
What will he do?
According to this new report, he’s going to declare the national emergency and BUILD THAT DAMN WALL!
Here are the details, from Fox News:
President Trump’s acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney made it clear Sunday that the administration plans to have a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border built, with or without funding from Congress.
Mulvaney, who, along with his duties, also heads the Office of Management and Budget, said that the Trump administration will take whatever funding Congress offers and “then we will go find money someplace else legally” to build the border wall.
“The president is going to build the wall,” Mulvaney said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” “Our attitude at this point is we will take as much money as you can give us and then we will go find money someplace else legally in order to secure that southern barrier, but this is going to get built with or without Congress.”
Mulvaney did not rule out another government shutdown if Congress and the Trump administration can’t come to agreement on funding for the controversial border wall. The White House chief of staff’s comments come as talks between the administration and Democratic leaders in Congress have apparently broken down with less than a week to go before another potential government shutdown.
“The government shutdown is technically still on the table; we do not want it to come to that but that option is still open to the president and will remain so,” Mulvaney said.
Fox News reported on Sunday that the bipartisan talks at Camp David have fallen apart as congressional negotiators try to hash out a deal on how to fund the physical border barrier.
"Talks have broken down because Senate Republicans are refusing to compromise on limits to the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policies," a senior Democratic aide told Fox News on Sunday. "A deal that includes new physical barriers must also include limits on the number of ICE detention beds. If Senate Republicans won’t compromise with us on both, we can’t reach a deal.”
He would be on good legal ground to do so:
The Daily Caller had more:
Border wall negotiations on Capitol Hill crumbled over the weekend, increasing the chances President Donald Trump declares a national emergency Friday, three sources close to the process tell The Daily Caller.
The negotiations stalled over a Democratic demand that detention bed funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house detained illegal immigrants be reduced in exchange for border wall funding. Lead Republican negotiator Sen. Richard Shelby told Fox News Sunday that the chances of a deal are “50/50,” after expressing optimism on Thursday.
An administration source directly involved in the process told the Caller that Trump began speaking more about declaring a national emergency Sunday after nearly a week of expressing optimism that the congressional talks could bear fruit. Trump also tweeted to that effect Sunday afternoon:
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said he “absolutely cannot” rule out a shutdown on Fox News Sunday, later saying on NBC News that Trump is “going to do whatever he legally can to secure the border.”
Trump has signaled to White House negotiators and Capitol Hill Republicans that he is willing to accept a $2 billion figure in border wall funding, two sources close to the process tell the Caller. Democrats, however, have made any acceptance of this figure contingent on an agreement to limit funding for ICE detention beds.
Boys play around, climbing the border division between Mexico and the US in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on January 26, 2017. AFP / HERIKA MARTINEZ
Democrats say that a cap on ICE detention beds will disincentivize the agency from detaining illegal aliens who have not committed crimes in the U.S.
“A cap on ICE detention beds will force the Trump administration to prioritize deportation for criminals and people who pose real security threats, not law-abiding immigrants who are contributing to our country,” Congressional negotiator Lucille Roybal-Allard said in a Sunday statement.
Republicans and ICE itself counter that putting a cap on the number of illegal aliens it is capable of detaining would in effect mean free rein for murderers and gang criminals convicted of felonies.