Some in Congress caution against Trump declaring national emergency to build wall

Some in Congress caution against Trump declaring national emergency to build wall

Some in Congress caution against Trump declaring national emergency to build wall

Trump warned on Sunday that if Democrats and Republicans can't strike a deal to fund the government by February 15 with the inclusion of funds for his prized border wall, he could go it alone by declaring a national emergency.

US intelligence chiefs last week told a congressional panel that Iran was abiding by a 2015 global pact to curtail its nuclear weapons program, an agreement Trump abrogated. "We're going to keep watching and we're going to keep seeing and if there's trouble, if somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we're going to know it before they do".

During an interview with CBS News' Margaret Brennan, President Trump explained that he thinks Pelosi is "bad for our country".

"It seems to me that [Trump] is going to have to go it alone", conceded Graham, who said he's "isn't very optimistic" legislators will work out a funding deal.

"This really is an invasion of our country by human traffickers, these are people that are awful people, bringing in women mostly, but bringing in women and children, into our country, human trafficking and we're gonna have a strong border, and the only way you have a strong border is you need a physical barrier, you need a wall", he stated.

Senate Democrats introduced legislation Monday that would effectively ban President Trump from using the U.S. military to construct his proposed border wall; setting the stage for a legal-showdown should the President declare a national emergency. He told Brennan that only a wall would be impactful at the border and, so far, Pelosi has made it clear that she won't be offering any money toward a wall. Many Democrats have called these comments racist. "We want to go through the system".

"The president's wild and predictable misrepresentations about Democrats' commitment to border security do nothing to make our country safer", he added.

Watch: Remember When Donald Trump Wanted Mexico To Pay for the Wall?

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A main concern among these Republicans, in addition to the problem of bypassing Congress, is how a future Democratic president would use emergency powers if Trump sets a precedent of using it for what critics say is a political goal and not a real emergency.

"We spent a fortune on building this incredible base".

"To every Republican: If you don't stand behind this president, we're not going to stand behind you when it comes to the wall", Graham said.

"It's not that I want him to lose, I don't, but the law is very clear". "I'm hopeful that we can do that without shutting down the government". We have an unbelievable and expensive military base built in Iraq.

"I'll be disappointed if we don't get money for the wall", the South Carolina Republican senator told reporters. "And this is what a lot of people don't understand".

Trump also indicated he would remove all USA troops from Afghanistan if a peace pact can be finalized with the Taliban.

"We'll come back if we have to", he said. "Because we have a much better issue".

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