What am I missing here?
Donald Trump said that we’re already building The Wall along our southern border. A bipartisan group of senators and House members have worked out a deal to keep the government functioning fully while spending $1.37 billion for more fencing/wall/barriers along our southern border.
The president said he is “unhappy” with the agreement. The Senate has approved it. He said he’ll sign it.
Oh, but then the president reportedly is going to declare a “national emergency” to push ahead with more construction of The Wall.
Holy crap, man! My head is spinning . . . rapidly!
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she might file a legal challenge to the president’s effort to usurp Congress’s budgeting authority; Trump’s declaration would enable him, he says, to divert money from other projects to build The Wall.
The speaker says, in effect, “No can do, Mr. President, and I might take you to court to prove my point.”
What puzzles me is that Donald Trump and his allies have declared victory, more or less, because they contend The Wall already is being built. Why, then, declare a national emergency? Indeed, there is no emergency on the border.
I am going to agree with Nancy Pelosi, who said today that the president ought to declare the rash of gun violence in our schools and other public places as a real national emergency.