The Flaws In Trump’s Attempt In Using Emergency Powers
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As the third week of the government shutdown continues as a result of the standstill between Congress and President Trump’s insistence on building a physical wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump is now suggesting that he might resort to using “emergency powers” to build his border wall if he will not be able to reach agreement on funding it with Congressional approval. However, such a step would likely face an immediate legal challenge.
Vice President Mike Pence, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other Trump administration officials briefed reporters on negotiations with Democrats over ending the partial government shutdown. A new round of budget talks over the weekend failed to result in any major progress. CBS News Washington correspondent Paula Reid attended the briefing and joins CBSN with more from the White House, in the video “Trump may use emergency powers to pay for border wall, Pence says“, below:
“We are looking at it very strongly. We’re looking at a national emergency, because we have a national emergency.” Trump told reporters on Sunday.
Even though president of the United States does have broad powers to act in time of crisis, but those powers are not unlimited. As indicated in the video above by Judge Andrew Napolitano: Constitution requires that all federal expenditures be authorized by Congress. President cannot redistribute budgets. President cannot spend money on budget not authorized by Congress. President cannot arbitrarily decide to build any structure on private property without exercising eminent domain authorized by Congress.
President Trump’s prime time address scheduled for 9:00 pm EST Tuesday (Jan. 8, 2019) night to address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on the southern border will be the Republican president’s latest attempt to persuade Democrats to back his push for a steel barrier on the southern border.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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