President Trump Makes Announcement on Border Security Bill From Rose Garden – (Video and Transcript)…

Earlier today President Donald Trump delivered remarks announcing his intention to use a national emergency declaration to fund border security measures at the U.S-Mexico border.  This comes on the heels of a legislative compromise to avoid a government shutdown.

The move is expected to face a swift and forceful legal challenge that could stall the attempt in the courts for the near future. But the declaration and other money-moving plans allow Trump to continue to fight for border wall construction while also averting another partial government shutdown — which would have been triggered at midnight absent the new funding package. [Video and Transcript]

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[Transcript] Rose Garden – 10:39 A.M. EST – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everybody. Before we begin, I’d like to just say that we have a large team of very talented people in China. We’ve had a negotiation going on for about two days. It’s going extremely well. Who knows what that means, because it only matters if we get it done. But we’re very much working very closely with China and President Xi, who I respect a lot. Very good relationship that we have. And we’re a lot closer than we ever were in this country with having a real trade deal.

We’re covering everything — all of the points that people have been talking about for years that said couldn’t be done, whether it was theft or anything. Anything. The unfairness. We’ve been losing, on average, $375 billion a year with China. A lot of people think it’s $506 billion. Some people think it’s much more than that. We’re going to be leveling the playing field.

The tariffs are hurting China very badly. They don’t want them. And frankly, if we can make the deal, it’d be my honor to remove them. But otherwise, we’re having many billions of dollars pouring into our Treasury. We’ve never had that before with China. It’s been very much of a one-way street.

So, that’s happening. And the relationship with China is very good, but I think they finally respect our country. They haven’t respected us for a long time. Not for a long time.

The UK and the U.S., as you probably have been seeing and hearing, we’re agreeing to go forward and preserve our trade agreement. You know all of the situation with respect to Brexit, and the complexity and the problems. But we have a very good trading relationship with the UK, and that’s just been strengthened further.

So with the UK, we’re continuing our trade, and we are going to actually be increasing it very substantially as time goes by. We expect that the UK will be very, very substantially increased as it relates to trade with the United States. The relationship there, also, is very good.

We have a lot of great announcements having to do with Syria and our success with the eradication of the caliphate. And that will be announced over the next 24 hours. And many other things. A lot of positive things are going on.

We’re working on a summit. And you know all about the summit. It will be in Vietnam — Hanoi. And we will — we’ll be meeting in Hanoi. We’ll be meeting in Hanoi. I think a lot of you will be going, I suspect. And I hope we have the same good luck as we had in the first summit. A lot was done in the first summit. No more rockets going up. No more missiles going up. No more testing of nuclear. Get back our remains, the remains of our great heroes from the Korean War. And we got back our hostages.

But we hope we’re going to be very much equally as successful. I’m in no rush for speed. We just don’t want testing. The sanctions, as you know, remain. Everything is remaining. China has been helping us, and Russia has been helping us. And South Korea, I think you can say, has been — we’ve been working very closely with South Korea, with Japan.

But China, Russia, on the border, have really been at least partially living up to what they’re supposed to be doing. And that’s okay — as per the United Nations.

So we will have a meeting on the 27th and 28th of February, and I think that will be a very successful one. I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim. We have also established a very good relationship, which has never happened between him or his family and the United States. They have really taken advantage of the United States. Billions of dollars has been paid to them. And we won’t let that happen.

But we think that North Korea and Chairman Kim have a tremendous potential as an economic force, economic power. Their location between South Korea and then Russia and China — right smack in the middle — is phenomenal.

And we think that they have a great chance for tremendous economic prosperity in the future. So I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim in Vietnam.

Today, I’m announcing several critical actions that my administration has taken to confront a problem that we have right here at home. We fight wars that are 6,000 miles away; wars that we should have never been in, in many cases. But we don’t control our own border.

So we’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border. And we’re going to do it one way or the other — we have to do it — not because it was a campaign promise, which it is. It was one of many, by the way; not my only one. We’re rebuilding the military, our economy is thriving like never before.

You look at other economies — they’re doing terribly, and we’re doing phenomenally. The market is up tremendously today, not that that’s anything, but, you know — because I’ll go back in and they’ll say, “Oh, the market just went down.” But the market is getting close to the new highs that we created. We have all the records. We have every record. But we’re getting close to that point again where we’ll create new records.

So our country is doing very well, economically. And we’ve done a lot. But one of the things I said I have to do and I want to do is border security, because we have tremendous amounts of drugs flowing into our country, much of it coming from the southern border. When you look and when you listen to politicians — in particular, certain Democrats — they say it all comes through the port of entry. It’s wrong. It’s wrong. It’s just a lie. It’s all a lie.

They say walls don’t work. Walls work 100 percent. Whether it’s El Paso — I really was smiling, because the other night I was in El Paso — we had a tremendous crowd, and — tremendous crowd. And I asked the people — many of whom were from El Paso, but they came from all over Texas. And I asked them. I said, “Let me ask you, as a crowd: When the wall went up, was it better?” You were there, some of you. It was not only better; it was like 100 percent better. You know what they did.

But that’s only one example. There are so many examples. In El Paso, they have close to 2,000 murders right on the other side of the wall. And they had 23 murders. It’s a lot of murders, but it’s not close to 2,000 murders right on the other side of the wall, in Mexico.

So everyone knows that walls work. And there are better examples than El Paso, frankly. You just take a look. Almost everywhere. Take a look at Israel. They’re building another wall. Their wall is 99.9 percent effective, they told me — 99.9 percent. That’s what it would be with us, too.

The only weakness is they go to a wall and then they go around the wall. They go around the wall and in. Okay? That’s what it is. It’s very simple. And a big majority of the big drugs — the big drug loads — don’t go through ports of entry. They can’t go through ports of entry. You can’t take big loads because you have people — we have some very capable people; the Border Patrol, law enforcement — looking.

You can’t take human traffic — women and girls — you can’t take them through ports of entry. You can’t have them tied up in the backseat of a car or a truck or a van. They open the door. They look. They can’t see three women with tape on their mouth or three women whose hands are tied.

They go through areas where you have no wall. Everybody knows that. Nancy knows it. Chuck knows it. They all know it. It’s all a big lie. It’s a big con game.

You don’t have to be very smart to know: You put up a barrier, the people come in, and that’s it. They can’t do anything unless they walk left or right, and they find an area where there’s no barrier, and they come into the United States. Welcome.

We’ve detained more people. Our border agents are doing such incredible work. Our military has been incredible. We put up barbed wire on top of certain old walls that were there. We fixed the wall and we loaded it up with barbed wire. It’s very successful.

But our military has been fantastic, and I want to thank them. And it’s very necessary. We’ve broken up two caravans that are on their way. They just are breaking. They’re in the process of breaking up. We have another one that we haven’t been able to break up yet.

We’ve been actually working with Mexico much better than ever before. I want to thank the President. I want to thank Mexico. They have their own problems. They have the largest number of murders that they’ve ever had in their history — almost 40,000 murders. Forty thousand. And they got to straighten that out, and I think they will.

But I just want to thank the President, because he’s been helping us with these monstrous caravans that have been coming up. We had one that it was up to over 15,000 people. It’s largely broken up. Others have gotten through. And, in Tijuana, you have a lot of people staying there. If we didn’t have the wall up, and if we didn’t have the wall secured and strengthened, they would have walked right through; they’d be welcomed to the United States.

One of the things we’d save tremendous — just a tremendous amount on would be sending the military. If we had a wall, we don’t need the military because we’d have a wall.

So I’m going to be signing a national emergency. And it’s been signed many times before. It’s been signed by other Presidents from 1977 or so. It gave the Presidents the power.

There’s rarely been a problem. They sign it; nobody cares. I guess they weren’t very exciting. But nobody cares. They sign it for far less important things, in some cases, in many cases. We’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.

We have some of the greatest people I know. They’ve been with me from the beginning of my campaign — almost from the first week. The Angel Moms. Unfortunately, we have new Angel Moms. One incredible woman just showed me her daughter who — we’re talking about killed, in the year of ’18. I said, “I haven’t seen you before.” She said, “No, I’m new.” I said, “That’s too bad.” It’s too bad. It’s so sad.

Stand up, just for a second. Show how beautiful your girl was. Thank you.

I have such respect for these people. Angel Moms, Angel Dads, Angel Families. I have great respect for these people. These are great people. These are great people. They’re fighting for their children that have been killed by people that were illegally in this country.

And the press doesn’t cover them; they don’t want to, incredibly. And they’re not treated the way they should be. They’re fighting for other people because they don’t want what happened to their children or husband or anybody.

We have one young lady whose husband — please, stand up. Your husband was just killed in Maryland. Incredible man. Just killed. Beautiful children — won’t be seeing their father again.

These are brave people. These are people that — they don’t have to be here. They don’t have to be doing this. They’re doing it for other people. So I just want to thank all of you for being here, okay? I really do. I want to thank you. Incredible people.

Last year, 70,000 Americans were killed, at least — I think the number is ridiculously low — by drugs, including meth and heroin and cocaine, fentanyl. And one of the things that I did with President Xi in China, when I met him in Argentina at a summit — before I even started talking about the trade — it was a trade meeting. It went very well, but before I talked about trade, I talked about something more important.

I said, “Listen, we have tremendous amounts of fentanyl coming into our country. It kills tens of thousands of people — I think far more than anybody registers. And I’d love you to declare it a lethal drug and put it on your criminal list.” And their criminal list is much tougher than our criminal list. Their criminal list — a drug dealer gets a thing called the death penalty. Our criminal list, a drug dealer gets a thing called, “How about a fine?”

And when I asked President Xi, I said, “Do you have a drug problem?” “No, no, no.” I said, “You have 1.4 billion people. What do you mean you have no drug problem?” “No, we don’t have a drug problem.” I said, “Why?” “Death penalty. We give death penalty to people that sell drugs.” End of problem.

What do we do? We set up blue ribbon committees. Lovely men and women — they sit around a table, they have lunch, they eat, they dine, and they waste a lot of time. So if we want to get smart, we can get smart. You can end the drug problem. You can end it a lot faster than you think.

But President Xi has agreed to put fentanyl on his list of deadly, deadly drugs. And it’s a criminal penalty. And the penalty is death. So that’s, frankly, one of the things I’m most excited about in our trade deal, if you want to know the truth. I think maybe there’s no more important point.

We’re going to make billions of dollars with this trade deal. It’s going to be great for our country and great for China, I hope. Their market is down close to 40 percent. Our market is way up. We’ve picked up, since my election, trillions of dollars of worth. Trillions. Many trillions. And China has lost trillions of dollars. But I want it to be good for China and I want it to be good for the United States. So we’ll see what happens.

China is coming here next week, by the way. They’re coming home, the traders. And then China is coming here next week. And then I’ll be meeting with President Xi at some point after that to maybe — for some remaining deals. We’ll make them directly, one-on-one, ourselves.

So, we’re going to be signing today, and registering, national emergency. And it’s a great thing to do because we have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people, and it’s unacceptable.

And by signing the national emergency — something signed many times by other Presidents — many, many times. President Obama — in fact, we may be using one of the national emergencies that he signed, having to do with cartels. Criminal cartels. It’s a very good emergency that he signed. And we’re going to use parts of it in our dealings on cartels. So that would be a second national emergency. But, in that case, it’s already in place.

And what we want — really want to do — is simple. It’s not like it’s complicated. It’s very simple: We want to stop drugs from coming into our country. We want to stop criminals and gangs from coming into our country. Nobody has done the job that we’ve ever done. I mean, nobody has done the job that we’ve done on the border.

And in a way, what I did by creating such a great economy — and if the opposing party got in, this economy would be down the tubes. You know, I hear a lot of people say, “Oh, well. But maybe the previous administration…” Let me tell you, the previous administration, it was heading south, and it was going fast. We would have been down the tubes. The regulations were strangling our country. Unnecessary regulations.

By creating such a strong economy — you just look at your televisions or see what’s going on today; it’s through the roof. What happens is more people want to come, so we have far more people trying to get into our country today than probably we’ve ever had before. And we’ve done an incredible job in stopping them, but it’s a massive number of people.

If we had the wall, it would be very easy. We would make up for the cost of the wall just in the cost of the fact that I would be able to have fewer people. We wouldn’t need all of this incredible talent, some of whom are sitting in the first row. You wouldn’t need all of this incredible talent. We would get — we would get thousands of law enforcement people, including Border Patrol. You put them in different areas, you have them doing different things. Law enforcement and Border Patrol.

And I want to thank law enforcement, and I want to thank Border Patrol, and I want to thank ICE. ICE is abused by the press and by the Democrats. And, by the way, we’re going to be taking care of ICE. You know, we talk about the new bill. We’re going to be taking care of ICE. They wanted to get rid of ICE. And the bill is just the opposite of that. A lot of good things happened.

So, that’s the story. We want to have a safe country. I ran on a very simple slogan: “Make America Great Again.” If you’re going to have drugs pouring across the border, if you’re going to have human traffickers pouring across the border in areas where we have no protection, in areas where we don’t have a barrier, then very hard to make America great again.

But we’ve done a fantastic job, but we haven’t been given the equipment. We haven’t been given the walls. And in the bill, by the way, they didn’t even fight us on most of the stuff. Ports of entry. We have so much money, we don’t know what to do with it. I don’t know what to do with all the money they’re giving us. It’s crazy.

The only place they don’t want to give as much money — $1,375,000,000. Sounds like a lot, but it’s not so much, although we’re putting it to much better use than it used to be. A lot of the past administrations, they had — it was easy to get, and they didn’t build or they didn’t do what they could have done. It would have been great. It would have been great to have done it earlier, but I was a little new to the job, a little new to the profession.

And we had a little disappointment for the first year and a half. People that should have stepped up did not step up. They didn’t step up, and they should have. Would have been easy. Not that easy, but it would have been a lot easier. But some people didn’t step up. But we’re stepping up now.

So we have a chance of getting close to $8 billion. Whether it’s $8 billion or $2 billion or $1.5 billion, it’s going to build a lot of wall. We’re getting it done. We’re right now in construction with wall in some of the most important areas. And we have renovated a tremendous amount of wall, making it just as good as new. That’s where a lot of the money has been spent — on renovation. In fact, we were restricted to renovating, which is okay. But we’re going to run out of areas that we can renovate pretty soon. So — and we need new wall.

So I want to thank everybody for being here. I want to thank, in particular, the Angel Moms and Dads for being here. Thank you very much. We have great respect for you. The real country, our real country — the people that really love our country, they love you. So I just want you to know that. I know how hard you fight and I know how hard a fight you’re having.

I also want to thank all of the law enforcement for the job you do. Believe me, our country loves you and they respect you greatly. And we’re giving you a lot of surplus. We’re giving you surplus military equipment, which a lot of people didn’t like giving, previous to this administration. But hundreds of millions of dollars of surplus equipment. And as we get it, as you know, we send it down. And you have much better protection. But I really appreciate you being here.

So the order is signed. And I’ll sign the final papers as soon as I get into the Oval Office. And we will have a national emergency, and then we will then be sued, and they will sue us in the Ninth Circuit, even though it shouldn’t be there. And we will possibly get a bad ruling, and then we’ll get another bad ruling. And then we’ll end up in the Supreme Court, and hopefully we’ll get a fair shake. And we’ll win in the Supreme Court, just like the ban. They sued us in the Ninth Circuit, and we lost, and then we lost in the appellate division, and then we went to the Supreme Court, and we won.

And it was very interesting, because yesterday they were talking about the ban. Because we have a ban. It’s very helpful. Madam Secretary, is that right? Without the ban, we’d have a bigger problem. We have a ban on certain areas, certain countries, depending on what’s going on in the world. And we won.

But somebody said, “President Trump lost on the ban.” Well, he was right; I lost at the lower court. He — he didn’t say that we ultimately won at the United States Supreme Court. They didn’t want to say that. They didn’t want to go that far. They were saying how I lost. The person sitting right up here — “Donald Trump lost on the ban.” Yeah, I did. And then I lost a second time; you should have said that, too. And then it went to the Supreme Court and I won. Didn’t want to take it that far. But we won on the ban and we won on other things, too.

The probably easiest one to win is on declaring a national emergency, because we’re declaring it for virtual invasion purposes: drugs, traffickers, and gangs. And one of the things, just to finish: We have removed thousands of MS-13 gang monsters. Thousands. They’re out of this country. We take them out by the thousands. And they are monsters.

Okay. Do you have any questions? Yeah. John, go ahead.

Q Mr. President — (inaudible).

AIDE: Yes, we do. There you go.

Q You were prepared. Mr. President, a lot of the money —

THE PRESIDENT: Were you saying I was prepared?

Q With the microphone and prepared for questions.

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, I thought you meant I was prepared. I couldn’t believe you said that.

Q (Laughs.) No, no, no. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: People don’t like saying that.

Q You were prepared for questions.

THE PRESIDENT: I am prepared. I’m always prepared.

Q A lot of the money that goes to count toward your $8 billion is money that’s being reprogrammed in the DOD budget. How can you guarantee to military families and to our men and women of the military that none of the money that would be reprogrammed to a wall will take away from other technology, other renovations, construction that is desperately needed in our military?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. So, John, we had certain funds that are being used at the discretion of generals, at the discretion of the military. Some of them haven’t been allocated yet, and some of the generals think that this is more important. I was speaking to a couple of them. They think this is far more important than what they were going to use it for. I said, “What were you going to use it for?” And I won’t go into details, but it didn’t sound too important to me.

Plus, if you think, I’ve gotten $700 billion for the military in year one, and then last year, $716 billion. And we’re rebuilding our military, but we have a lot. And under the previous administration, our military was depleted — badly depleted. And they weren’t spending — I mean, they had a much less — they had a much smaller amount of money.

So when I got $700 billion, and then $716 billion — and this year, it’s going to be pretty big too, because there’s few things more important than our military. You know, I’m a big deficit believer and all of that, but before we really start focusing on certain things, we have to build up our military. It was very badly depleted. And we’re buying all new jetfighters, all new missiles, all new defensive equipment. We have — we’ll soon have a military like we’ve never had before.

But when you think about the kind of numbers you’re talking about — so you have $700 billion, $716 billion — when I need $2 billion, $3 billion of out that for a wall — which is a very important instrument, very important for the military because of the drugs that pour in. And as you know, we have specific rules and regulations where they have drugs, and what you can do in order to stop drugs. And that’s part of it, too.

We’re taking a lot of money from that realm also. But when you have that kind of money going into the military, this is a very, very small amount that we’re asking for.

Yeah, go ahead. Go ahead. ABC. Not NBC. I like ABC a little bit more — not much. Come on, ABC. Not much. Pretty close.

Q Mr. President, what do you say to those, including some of your Republican allies, who say that you are violating the Constitution with this move and setting a bad precedent that will be abused by possibly Democratic Presidents in the future? Marco Rubio has made this point.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, not too many people. Yeah. Not too many people have said that. But the courts will determine that.

Look, I expect to be sued. I shouldn’t be sued. Very rarely do you get sued when you do national emergency. And then other people say, “Oh, if you use it for this, now what are we using it for?” We got to get rid of drugs and gangs and people. It’s an invasion. We have an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country that we stop, but it’s very hard to stop. With a wall, it would be very easy.

So I think that we will be very successful in court. I think it’s clear. And the people that say we create precedent — well, what do you have? Fifty-six? There are a lot of times — well, that’s creating precedent. And many of those are far less important than having a border. If you don’t have a border, you don’t have a country.

You know, we fight — before I got here — we fight all over the world to create borders for countries, but we don’t create a border for our own country.

So I think what will happen is, sadly, we’ll be sued, and sadly, it’ll go through a process. And, happily, we’ll win — I think.

Go ahead. Let’s go. Let’s hear it, NBC. Come on.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. I just want to say, in the past, when President Obama tried to use executive action as it related to immigration, you said, “The whole concept of executive order, it’s not the way the country is supposed to be run.” You said, “You’re supposed to go through Congress and make a deal.” Will you concede that you were unable to make the deal that you had promised in the past, and that the deal you’re ending up with now from Congress is less than what you could have had before a 35-day shutdown?

THE PRESIDENT: No. Look, I went through Congress. I made a deal. I got almost $1.4 billion when I wasn’t supposed to get one dollar — not one dollar. “He’s not going to get one dollar.” Well, I got $1.4 billion. But I’m not happy with it. I also got billions and billions of dollars for other things — port of entries, lots of different things. The purchase of drug equipment. More than we were even requesting.

In fact, the primary fight was on the wall. Everything else, we have so much, as I said, I don’t know what to do with it we have so much money. But on the wall, they skimped.

So I did — I was successful, in that sense, but I want to do it faster. I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster. And I don’t have to do it for the election. I’ve already done a lot of wall, for the election — 2020. And the only reason we’re up here talking about this is because of the election, because they want to try and win an election, which it looks like they’re not going to be able to do. And this is one of the ways they think they can possibly win, is by obstruction and a lot of other nonsense.

And I think that I just want to get it done faster, that’s all.

Okay. Yes, ma’am, go ahead.

Q Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

Q Roberta Rampton from Reuters. I wanted to ask about China. Do you feel that enough progress has been made in the talks to head off the increase in tariffs scheduled for March 1?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, you know, you’re talking to the wrong person, because I happen to like tariffs, okay? I mean, we’re taking in billions and billions of dollars in tariffs from China. And our steel industry now, as an example, we tax dumped steel — much of it comes from China — at 25 percent. Our steel industry is so vibrant now again, they’re building plants all over the United States. It’s a beautiful thing. And from a defensive standpoint, and from any standpoint, you need steel.

You know, you can do without certain industries. Our country cannot do without steel.

So, I love tariffs, but I also love them to negotiate. And right now, China is paying us billions of dollars a year in tariffs. And I haven’t even started.

Now, here’s the thing: If we make a deal, they won’t have to pay. You know, it’ll be a whole different story. They won’t be paying that, but we’ll have a fair deal. There won’t be intellectual property theft. There won’t be so many other things that have gone on. And no other President has done this. No other — you know, we didn’t have a deal with China. You had the WTO, one of the worst trade deals ever made — probably even worse than NAFTA, if that’s believable, which, you know, hard to believe, because I think NAFTA was just a disaster. It was a total disaster for our country.

And now we made the USMCA, which is going to be a terrific — a great deal. And, by the way, the USMCA, from Mexico — that’s United States, Mexico, Canada — that’s where the money is coming from, not directly but indirectly, for the wall. And nobody wants to talk about that. Because we’re saving billions and billions of dollars a year, if Congress approves that deal.

Now, they might now want to approve a deal just because they’ll say — one of the things I’m thinking of doing — this has never been done before: No matter how good a deal I make with China, if they sell me Beijing for one dollar, if they give me 50 percent of their land and every ship that they’ve built over the last two years — which is a lot — and they give them to me free, the Democrats will say, “What a lousy deal; that’s a terrible deal.”

Like, ZTE, I got a billion — more than a billion-dollar penalty in a short period of time. And the Democrats said, “Oh, should’ve gotten more.” When I made that deal, I said, “This is incredible.” I just got — I got over a billion-dollar penalty, plus they had to change their board of directors. They had to change their top management. But they had to pay over a billion dollars. I said, “What a deal.” It took like a week. And the Democrats didn’t even know there was a problem with ZTE.

I’m the one that find them. I’m the one that settled it. Over a billion dollars. And President Xi called me and he said it would be important to him if they could get a deal. And we made a deal — paid — like, in a short period of time.

The Democrats went out and said, “Oh, they should’ve done better.” So what I’m thinking of doing is getting Chuck Schumer, getting Nancy Pelosi, having them bring two or three of their brilliant representatives. And we’ll all go down together, and what we’ll do is we’ll negotiate. I’ll put them in the room and let them speak up. Because any deal I make with China, if it’s the great — it’s going to be better than any deal that anybody ever dreamt possible, or I’m not going to have a deal. It’s a very simple.

But any deal I make with China, Schumer is going to stand up and say, “Oh, it should’ve been better. It should’ve been better.” And you know what? That’s not acceptable to me. So I’m thinking about doing something very different. I don’t think it’s ever been — I just don’t want to be second-guessed. But that’s not even second-guess; that’s called politics. Sadly, I’d probably do the same thing to them, okay?

But any deal I make toward the end, I’m going to bring Schumer — at least offer him — and Pelosi. I’m going to say, “Please join me on the deal.”

And, by the way, I just see our new Attorney General is sitting in the front row. Please stand up, Bill. (Applause.) Such an easy job he’s got. He’s got the easiest job in government. Thank you and congratulations. That was a great vote yesterday. Thank you very much.

Q Mr. President —

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, go ahead. Go ahead.

Q In your remarks, sir, you said that you were too new to politics, earlier in your administration, when you would’ve preferred that this be done. Is that an admission of how you might be changing on the job? And —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m learning. I mean, I am learning. Don’t forget, it’s not like I’ve done this for — a senator came into my office and said, “Sir, I’ve been running for office for 30 years. I’ve won seven out of seven. I did lose a couple when I was younger.” I said, “Well, I’ve won one out of one. But, you know, I never did politics before. Now I do politics.” I will tell you, I’m very disappointed at certain people, a particular one, for not having pushed this faster.

Q Are you referring to Speaker Ryan, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: But I’ve learned — who?

Q Speaker Ryan.

THE PRESIDENT: Let’s not talk about it.

Q Okay.

THE PRESIDENT: What difference does it make? But they should have pushed it faster. They should have pushed it harder. And they didn’t. They didn’t.

If they would have, it would have been a little bit better. In the meantime, I’ve built a lot of wall. I have a lot of money, and I’ve built a lot of wall. But it would’ve been nice to have gotten done. And I would like to see major immigration reform, and maybe that’s something we can all work on, Bill, where we all get together and do major immigration reform — not just for a wall, for a barrier; for port of entry, for other things.

We have a real problem. We have catch-and-release. You catch a criminal and you have to release them. We have so many other things. You have chain migration, where a bad person comes in, brings 22 or 23 or 35 of his family members — because he has his mother, his grandmother, his sister, his cousin, his uncle — they’re all in.

You know what happened on the West Side Highway. That young wise guy drove over and killed eight people and horribly injured — nobody talks about that — horribly — like, loss of legs and arms — going 60 miles an hour, he made a right turn into a park on the West Side Highway, along the Hudson River in New York. He had many people brought in because he was in the United States. It’s called chain migration.

And then you have the lottery. It’s a horror show, because when countries put people into the lottery, they’re not putting you in; they’re putting some very bad people in the lottery. It’s common sense. If I ran a country, and if I have a lottery system of people going to the United States, I’m not going to put in my stars; I’m going to put in people I don’t want. The lottery system is a disaster. I’m stuck with it.

Q Mr. President, could you tell us —

THE PRESIDENT: It should have — wait. It should have never happened. Okay.

Q Mr. President, could you tell us to what degree some of the outside conservative voices helped to shape your views on this national emergency?

THE PRESIDENT: I would talk about it. Look, Sean Hannity has been a terrific, terrific supporter of what I do. Not of me. If I changed my views, he wouldn’t be with me.

Rush Limbaugh — I think he’s a great guy. Here’s a guy who can speak for three hours without a phone call. Try doing that sometime. For three hours, he speaks. He’s got one of the biggest audiences in the history of the world. I mean, this guy is unbelievable. Try speaking for three hours without taking calls. Taking calls is easy. “Okay, I’ll answer this one. I’ll answer that one.” He goes for three hours, and he’s got an audience that’s fantastic.

Q Should they be —

THE PRESIDENT: Wait —

Q Should they be deciding policy, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: They don’t decide policy. In fact, if I went opposite — I mean, they have somebody — Ann Coulter. I don’t know her. I hardly know her. I haven’t spoken to her in way over a year. But the press loves saying “Ann Coulter.” Probably, if I did speak to her, she’d be very nice. I just don’t have the time to speak to her. I would speak to her; I have nothing against her.

In fact, I like her for one reason: When they asked her, like right at the beginning, who was going to win the election, she said, “Donald Trump.” And the two people that asked her that question smiled. They said, “You’re kidding, aren’t you?” “Nope. Donald Trump.”

So I like her, but she’s off the reservation. But anybody that knows her understands that. But I haven’t spoken to her. I don’t follow her. I don’t talk to her. But the press loves to bring up the name “Ann Coulter.” And you know what? I think she’s fine. I think she’s good. But I just don’t speak to her.

Laura has been great. Laura Ingraham. Tucker Carlson has been great. I actually have a couple people on CNN that have been very good. I have some on MSNBC. The other day, they did a great report of me. I said, “Where the hell did that come from?” I think it was the only one in over a year.

So the crazy thing is, I just had, as you know, Rasmussen — 52 percent in the polls. It’s my highest poll number. And people get what we’re doing. They get it. They really get it. And I’m honored by it.

Yes. Jim Acosta.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. I wonder if you could comment on this disconnect that we seem to have in this country, where you are presenting information about what’s happening at the border — calling it an “invasion,” talking about women with duct tape over their mouths, and so on — and yet there’s a lot of reporting out there, there’s a lot of crime data out there, there’s a lot of Department of Homeland Security data out there that shows border crossings at a near-record low —

THE PRESIDENT: That’s because of us. But it’s still —

Q — that shows undocumented immigrants committing crime at lower levels —

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me. It’s still massive numbers of crossings.

Q — that shows undocumented criminals — or undocumented immigrants committing crime at lower levels than native-born Americans. What do you say —

THE PRESIDENT: You don’t really believe that stat, do you? Do you really believe that stat?

Q What do you — well, let me ask you this —

THE PRESIDENT: Take a look at our federal prisons.

Q I believe in facts and statistics and data, but —

THE PRESIDENT: Okay? Any more? Quick, let’s go.

Q Let me just ask you this: What do you say to your critics who say that you are creating a national emergency, that you’re concocting a national emergency here in order to get your wall because you couldn’t get it through other ways?

THE PRESIDENT: I ask the Angel Moms: What do you think? Do you think I’m creating something?

Ask these incredible women, who lost their daughters and their sons. Okay?

PARTICIPANT: This is real.

THE PRESIDENT: Because your question is a very political question because you have an agenda. You’re CNN. You’re fake news. You have an agenda. The numbers that you gave are wrong.

Take a look at our federal prison population. See how many of them, percentage-wise, are illegal aliens. Just see. Go ahead and see. It’s a fake question.

Yes. Go ahead.

Q Can I ask a follow-up?

Q Thank you, Mr. President. Just to follow up on that, unifying crime reporting statistics — numbers from your own Border Patrol, numbers from this government — show that the amount of illegal immigrants are down, there is not violence on the border, and that most —

THE PRESIDENT: There’s not violence on the border?

Q There’s not as much violence as —

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, really?

Q Let me — wait a minute. Wait a minute. Wait —

THE PRESIDENT: You had 26 people killed —

Q Let me finish the question, please. Let me finish the question, please.

THE PRESIDENT: Two weeks ago, 26 people were killed in a gunfight on the border —

Q I understand what you’re — I understand what you’re saying.

THE PRESIDENT: — a mile away from where I went.

Q I was there. I understand. That’s not the question. The question is —

THE PRESIDENT: Do we forget about that?

Q No, I’m not forgetting about it. I’m asking you to clarify where you get your numbers, because most of the DEA crime reporting statistics that we see show that drugs are coming across at the ports of entry, that illegal immigration is down, and the violence is down.

THE PRESIDENT: Okay.

Q So what do you base your facts on?

THE PRESIDENT: Okay, let me — come on, let’s go. Sort of — sort of —

Q And, secondly —

THE PRESIDENT: No, no. You get one. You get one. Ready?

Q Well, the second question is —

THE PRESIDENT: Just sit down. Wait. Sit down. Sit down.

Q Could you please answer it?

THE PRESIDENT: Sit down. You get one question.

I get my numbers from a lot of sources — like Homeland Security, primarily. And the numbers that I have from Homeland Security are a disaster. And you know what else is a disaster? The numbers that come out of Homeland Security, Kirstjen, for the cost that we spend and the money that we lose because of illegal immigration: Billions and billions of dollars a month. Billions and billions of dollars. And it’s unnecessary.

Q So your own government stats are wrong, are you saying?

THE PRESIDENT: No, no. I use many stats. I use many stats.

Q Could you share those stats with us?

THE PRESIDENT: Let me tell you, you have stats that are far worse than the ones that I use. But I use many stats, but I also use Homeland Security.

All right, next question.

Q And do you — wait a minute. Just a quick follow-up.

THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead. No. Go. Please.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. I just want to bring you back to China for a second. The White House put out a statement today talking about the March 1st deadline. The other day, though, you gave the possibility that maybe this could slide. Are you eyeing a possible extension — 30 days, maybe 60 days? What is the status there? Or is March 1st the deadline?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. Very good question. So it’s a very big deal. I guess you could say it’s like — must be the biggest deal ever made, if you think. Trade with China, how big does that get? Although if you look, the USCMA is right up there. But it’s very complicated. There are many, many points that we’re bringing up that nobody ever brought up or thought to bring up, but they’re very important, because we were on the wrong side of every one of them.

There is a possibility that I will extend the date. And if I do that, if I see that we’re close to a deal or the deal is going in the right direction, I would do that at the same tariffs that we’re charging now. I would not increase the tariffs.

Q Let me also ask you about the debt, sir, because it’s gone from a shade under $20 trillion from when you took office. Now it’s a shade over $22 trillion and heading in the wrong direction. What are your plans to reverse it?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, it’s all about growth. But before I —

Q (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: — really focus on that — and you have to remember, President Obama put on more debt on this country than every President in the history of our country combined. So when I took over, we had one man that put on more debt than every other President combined. Combine them all. So you can’t be talking about that. But I talk about it because I consider it very important.

But first, I have to straighten out the military. The military was depleted. And if we don’t have a strong military — that hopefully we won’t have to use because it’s strong — if we don’t have a strong military, you don’t have to worry about debt; you have bigger problems. So I have to straighten out the military. That’s why I did the $700- and $716 billion. But growth will straighten it out.

You saw last month, the trade deficit went way down. Everybody said, “What happened?” Well, what’s happening is growth. But before I can focus too much on that, a very big expense is military. And we have no choice but to straighten out our military.

Q Is growth the only answer, sir, or is (inaudible)?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, ma’am, go ahead.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. On North Korea — back on the last summit, you guys came out with a pretty general agreement.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes.

Q I was wondering what you thought has, you know, been accomplished since the last summit. And then —

THE PRESIDENT: A lot.

Q — are we going to be seeing anything concrete —

THE PRESIDENT: A lot has been accomplished. Okay.

Q — on denuclearization.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. A lot has been accomplished. We’re dealing with them, we’re talking to them.

When I came into office, I met right there, in the Oval Office, with President Obama. And I sat in those beautiful chairs and we talked. It was supposed to be 15 minutes. As you know, it ended up being many times longer than that.

And I said, “What’s the biggest problem?” He said, “By far, North Korea.” And I don’t want to speak for him, but I believe he would have gone to war with North Korea. I think he was ready to go to war. In fact, he told me he was so close to starting a big war with North Korea. And where are we now? No missiles. No rockets. No nuclear testing. We’ve learned a lot.

But much more importantly than all of it — much more important — much, much more important that that is we have a great relationship. I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un. And I’ve done a job. In fact, I think I can say this: Prime Minister Abe of Japan gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel Prize. He said, “I have nominated you…” or “Respectfully, on behalf of Japan, I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize.” I said, “Thank you.” Many other people feel that way too. I’ll probably never get it, but that’s okay.

They gave it to Obama. He didn’t even know what he got it for. He was there for about 15 seconds and he got the Nobel Prize. He said, “Oh, what did I get it for?” With me, I probably will never get it.

But if you look at Idlib Province in Syria, I stopped the slaughter of perhaps 3 million people. Nobody talk about that. They don’t talk about that. Russia and Iran and Syria were going to go in and perhaps destroy 3 million people in order to get 45,000 terrorists. And I heard about it from a woman who had her parents and her brothers living there, and she said, “Please, please.” And I thought — I said, “No, it can’t happen. What are you talking about?” “No, they’re going to get…” And I come home, and I read a certain paper where the story was there that they were actually forming to go into — to really — to really do big destruction. And I put out a statement that “you better not do it.”

And in all fairness to Russia and Iran and Syria, they didn’t attack. Or they’re doing it surgically, at least. Saved a lot of people. We do a lot of good work. This administration does a tremendous job, and we don’t get credit for it. But I think the people understand what we do.

So Prime Minister Abe gave me — I mean, it’s the most beautiful five letter — five-page letter. Nobel Prize. He sent it to them. You know why? Because he had rocket ships and he had missiles flying over Japan. And they had alarms going off; you know that. Now, all of a sudden, they feel good; they feel safe. I did that.

And it was a very tough dialogue at the beginning. Fire and fury. Total annihilation. “My button is bigger than yours” and “my button works.” Remember that? You don’t remember that. And people said, “Trump is crazy.” And you know what it ended up being? A very good relationship. I like him a lot and he likes me a lot. Nobody else would have done that.

The Obama administration couldn’t have done it. Number one, they probably wouldn’t have done it. And number two, they didn’t have the capability to do it.

So I just want to thank everybody. I want to wish our Attorney General great luck and speed, and enjoy your life. (Laughter.) Bill, good luck. A tremendous reputation. I know you’ll do a great job. Thank you very much. And thank you, everybody. Thank you very much. Thank you.
END 11:29 A.M. EST

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405 Responses to President Trump Makes Announcement on Border Security Bill From Rose Garden – (Video and Transcript)…

  1. amwick says:

    THE PRESIDENT: Let’s not talk about it.

    Best. President.Ever.

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    • amwick says:

      I watched ever minute live,, but I am really grateful for the transcript. It was so much to digest. TY.

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      • Frankie DePaul says:

        On the surface I am not happy President Trump signed the deal.
        I hope I’m wrong and he is right.

        I am hoping his lawyers told him since it is a budget bill, it has a limit till September 2019. This way, he uses 1.3 B for areas he can use it in without Democrat/cartel interference along the Texas border, and has another 7 B for whatever he pleases.

        This doesn’t count the Title 10 Sec 284 money he can use for drug fences and walls.

        And the Dems and Rinos have outed themselves as not serious on the border by voting for it.

        Hope this or something even better is the plan.

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    • calbear84 says:

      Rat Ryan really did his job.

      Liked by 12 people

      • amwick says:

        Our President asked us not to talk about it…but,,,yeah… I don’t think it is a secret…
        Seems like a Streisand Effect kinda thing…

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      • Ozark says:

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        • Bigly says:

          Ann – you’re not helping.

          The man isn’t a dictator.

          Gimmie a break. She is worse than John McCain/Romney.

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          • Ready Steady Go says:

            Ann is right. the POTUS caved. he has no one to blame but himself. this National emergency is BS to save face. The wall will never be built…

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            • hellinahandbasket says:

              @Ready Steady Go:
              Coulter is irrelevant.
              Coulter needs to sell books, she doesn’t sell books if she’s not relevant, she’s not relevant if she’s not argumentative, she’s not argumentative if she understands what President Trump’s supporters understand about this presidency, she doesn’t help, she doesn’t bring ANYTHING constructive to the conversation, she only creates tension and division. It’s almost as if she never really supported this President, but only said she did because in 2015, Candidate Trump was the hot-button-topic “a joke candidate” of the year. If you can’t see through Ms Coulter’s argumentativeness for book sales, then you probably can’t understand why she’s not relevant. #MAGA

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            • Making this comment as the wall has long been in the process of being built—and it continues with new ground being broke in Texas.

              As I type, new sections are being raised. Do not attention to the rhetoric—pay attention to what is actually happening—the wall gets longer by the day.

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            • tvollrath66 says:

              Lol this president has done more than any president before on border security. .ANY…your lil troll ass can dream there wont be a wall. Lol. Go home to mommy. What a man our president is. Best president ever.

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            • Jederman says:

              I agree that he should not have gone with this atrocious spending bill. He should have stuck to making congresspersons come up with the money.

              Yes, yes the Rs (CoC) handed him a scheisse sandwich but he didn’t have to eat it.

              Problem is that he’s hung his hat on winning in court. If he doesn’t and this crappy bill goes through, it’s over. It will look very bad. Dems got what they wanted and America got zero.

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              • Dennis Leonard says:

                Correct me if I am wrong,this is not bill but a CR.

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              • lftpm says:

                Has he signed the bill? If not, he should veto it, with a request to delete wall-funding, local governments’ power to stop wall building in their localities, the prohibition against building wall sections in environmentally sensitive areas, and prescribing a limit on illegal-alien detention beds. (Along with whatever other “poison pill” crap the Dems inserted.)

                If he hasn’t yet signed the bill, he should veto it, and tell Congress that he will accept a continuing resolution to fund the government at current levels for 3 months, and then he should loudly announce he is doing this TO PREVENT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN.

                If Congress overrides his veto, he can go to court. IF he signs the bill with the things he does not like, he will have no grounds to go to court on these things, as he has ENDORSED them.

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            • purpleibby says:

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            • jeans2nd says:

              R-S-G – too bad you and Ann Coulter went off in the wrong direction.
              Read the Constitution. Congress makes the laws, not the President. The President may only sign or veto within ten days. If ten days pass with no signature, the law passes unsigned.

              Be certain of which is the correct target before you go off. Congress is the target, not the President.

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              • lftpm says:

                The talking heads are already saying that anti-Trumpites will take the National Emergency Executive Order to court.

                They will use the 9th Circuit courts. So Team Trump needs to seek a declaratory judgement in the 5th Circuit upholding the National Emergency Exec Order. Dueling Circuit rulings are built into the federal jurisprudence system: one court (or more) issues a liberal ruling, another court (or more) a conservative ruling, and each ruling is governing law within its geographical area. SCOTUS then upholds one and overrules the other in a final ruling.

                There is also the subtext of wall construction. The President of the USA has CiC authority to order military units to defend the border. He can order them to use non-lethal projectiles, microwave-genrators and tear gas on non-violent people approaching the border, along with lethal weapons against people who use potentially lethal weapons, such as stone throwers and gun-wielders.

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            • simplewins says:

              So says ready steady goodbye. lol

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            • MaineCoon says:

              And where will YOUR & ANN’s retractions be when P45 is right? No where to be found just like the fake news. Go back to ristvan’s 12:57 post on open thread and read how P45 is brillant in what he did OR are you just wanting to rant. I’ll be watching your post to see if you read his. I’ll see what your true colors are. You’ll rat yourself out.

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            • Jederman says:

              The national emergency is as legit as many other “national emergencies” going on. He didn’t cave, IMO. But he should not have signed this rotten bill. Going back to my pet peeve, he needs a more robust WH fire team to keep him from getting into a jamb.

              Example, what the hell is Pence doing wandering around Europe while all this is going on? Why did the WH get jammed with this bill at the last minute? Why didn’t someone tell PT he’s under no obligation to sign it, at the last minute, without fully understanding everything that’s in it?

              Yes, McConnel is a lousy CoC shill, but PT can still veto bad legislation and force the shills into the open by overriding the veto.

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          • purpleibby says:

            She’s even worse than Romney…she’s practically on the Joe Biden election campaign at this point!

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        • bkrg2 says:

          “She is off the reservation”
          One of his best comments today

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        • Ray Runge says:

          This woman enjoys throwing fire bombs while taking and intellectually lazy stance in the business of ideas that are any way connect to results.

          String Bean would care to fault Trump without any nod to the congress critters who simply scoff at Trump;s efforts to build the wall. Sting Bean lives in TDS or Never Trump land and refuses to consider the plot necessary to accomplish a controversial public project.

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          • Blind no longer says:

            LOLOLOLString bean!!!! That’s super duper string bean B eye itch!! I despise her now! Go on Ann and see if Rachel Madcow will interview you now…you both are in the same category to me now! This is a career ending rant for you now Ann. But go ahead and show your true colors…I know crazy as hell when I see it!

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        • Eva Hewlett says:

          I’m guessing the contstant hair flipping , narcissistic Coulter would have preferred Hitlery. She sure does act like it. i trust my President and support him. I’d love to see any of the Eeyores flooding CTH today come up with better options facing such opposition and dirty politlics from both sides, AND dealing with a coup AND all the fake news AND a fake investigation that’s been going on over two years AND the threats to his family. I’m as angry that some Deplorables are do darn fickle as i am at the Demoncrats. KAG President Trump, thank you for all you are doing for us even if we are ungrateful.

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          • Chip Doctor says:

            Eva, thank you! Many of these same people will be uncontrollably giddy when our POTUS smacks these people in the mouth. Stop it with the POTUS bashing. Use your energy to write and call our RINO traitors. Never ever ever underestimate PDJT. And while I am at it, never, ever, ever trust Lindsay Graham.

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        • purpleibby says:

          Folks, now she’s calling YOU stupid!

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        • USA First! says:

          This whole argument comes down to one thing and one thing only. Do the things in the bill that President Trump signed effect his winning the court battle for a national emergency?
          Some are saying the bill won’t effect the outcome others are saying the bill ties his hands by the very language he has agreed to by signing the bill.
          I don’t know who’s right. I would like to state that Trump supporters have a right to be upset that he signed something so ridiculously anti-American. Especially after President Trump has REPEATEDLY gave us assurances he wouldn’t sign a bill that didn’t give him what he needed in the bill.
          The argument that President Trump had no choice because it had a veto proof majority is a false argument being pushed by some to justify his cave to the bill.
          All we have seen from politicians are bait and switch for many years. Many folks here see this as a uniparty ploy. It allows President Trump to talk about building the wall when in reality as soon as this goes to court his national emergency won’t stand because he has signed it away with this MUBAR bill.
          This is exactly what We The People fear is happening. Some well meaning Trump supporters are berating other Treepers and simply saying trust Trump, period. Don’t you realize for many here they see President Trumps signing of the bill as a broken promise that he personally gave to them? It’s hard to trust people when they’ve broken a promise. Regardless of how much trust you had in them in the past.
          Let’s move forward without the nastiness. The treehouse is a place for us to unite.

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    • Attorney at Law says:

      Can’t dispute that. Concur.Wholeheartedly.

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    • mike says:

      Build the Wall.
      and since we have an ongoing, actual Invasion, including numbers with clear genocidal intent, please hang a few of the f’g traitor judges from the highest wall, for all to see.

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    • purpleibby says:

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  2. When taking action on securing our border, there’s a big difference between President Trump and McConnell, so-called Republican Senators (the males ones) and Democrats. Its called testicular hair.

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  3. DJT2020 says:

    I. Stand. With. Trump.

    Liked by 33 people

    • Cisco says:

      Roger that 👍
      I don’t cut and run, abandon ship or go AWOL.
      I was in this from the beginning.
      I’m in till the end.

      Liked by 27 people

      • Attorney at Law says:

        Amen.

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      • convert says:

        Trump is fighting alone against an evil lying corrupt cabal of the mainstream media, the two biggest social media sites, the Chamber of commerce, Hollywood, the elites, academia, the Democrats, the entire evil Deep State, the military brass, the DC bureaucracy, and about half of his own party.

        He walked out alone today. He sat at his desk alone and signed the disgusting bill that would pay the people patrolling the border and thousands like them and the National Emergency order.

        I hope that all of you, hundreds, who called the WH demanding he not sign the bill will now call the worthless Republican senators and congressman and tell them they better not give Nancy the 2/3 majority in each chamber to overturn the EO or they’ll be facing the end of the Republican party. This is no longer about who ‘wins.’ It’s about our survival as a free Democratic republic.

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  4. I believe “Shoeless Joe” posted that the bill was passed by the Senate and then had alternate amendments added to it that are counter-intuitive to what was in the original bill. Any one have any updates on this? Is the President aware of these alterations, or is this incorrect? Really would like to know.

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  5. Eric says:

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    • paulraven1 says:

      That’s a flimsy case as I see it.

      1. GOP opposition? if his own party opposed his use of executive power over the border, then Trump should have seen and neutered it from day one. I mean, how after his campaign could he have had the slightest illusions about their intent to destroy him? Instead he schmoozed and flattered these traitors to no end, and as a result they only saw him as weak. The only reason they aren’t opposing his use of executive power now is because they’ve effectively sabotaged the wall and don’t care. 2. The idea that the democrats have conceded the “principle of a barrier” in this bill is absurd. They’ve done everything they could in this bill to subvert the wall. 3. Who cares what the media says? It’s the fear of the media that has castrated us for 50 years. We should have been going after the media from day one, castrating them. They’re not going to stop calling him a dictator. Might as well just be one. It may take one anyway to save this country.

      I’m tired of sh*t sandwiches and of being treated as the Left’s bi*ch even when we hold power. That’s what just happened. The same paradigm as the Omnibus and Obamacare and nearly everything else for 50 years.

      Or as Nick Nolte said in “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “I’m tired of taking sh*t from inferior people.”

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      • Tom! says:

        The majority of our problems stem from living under what is effectively a one party system and our acceptance of that system. The elites or as Zman refers to them “the cloud people” have absolutely no concern about us “the dirt people”. Their only focus is to rule America and it’s wealth while tolerating its citizens. One side pushes moral decay and the other side doesn’t give a damn either way. Hence the moral decline that we have been witnessing for years.
        This cannot continue and most likely will take a dictatorship to restore order when all hell breaks loose.

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      • Little Berkeley Conservative says:

        With support like yours, McCain, Ryan. Romney, McConnell and Coulter, I’m amazed he’s been so successful. He can spin straw into gold!

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        • Tom! says:

          The demographic change in this country has been ongoing for years. Perhaps you have made your peace with the ones who will assume control but I have not. I won’t pretend to worship allah, take up a socialist agenda or learn Spanish as my first language as a way to survive. We are not in control of our government. What they decree, we do. And have been doing long before Trump.

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          • Little Berkeley Conservative says:

            Sir, that is why our last hope is President Trump! I agree that we (citizens) are not in control of our government. It is very apparent, to me, that the POTUS is taking every step he can to fulfill his campaign promises and succeeding! Despite the demon party, the uniparty, the Ryans, Flakes, Mc cains and connells!

            You’ll never find anyone that you agree with 100 percent of the time! We all disagree with our spouses from time to time, but we still love them, right? If you are in a relationship where you agree with each other 100 percent, then you are truly blessed.

            It’s the same thing with our elected officials. You try to elect the ones that you agree with the most and you don’t vote for ones that you disagree with.

            Thank G-d for delivering President Donald J. Trump to our nation!

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      • snarkybeach says:

        PR: from what I can tell, PDJT schmoozes & glad-hands everyone he tries to make a deal with (Kim, Xi, Macron, Merkel) right before sliding in the knife.

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        • jebg46 says:

          Dealing with Asians is all about puffing up your opposition so they can save face with their people. Sundance has covered this beautifully. I once worked for an American company bought by the Japanese. I worked for all who were in charge on both sides. A huge eye opener.!

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      • lemmus1 says:

        “They’re not going to stop calling him a dictator. Might as well just be one. It may take one anyway to save this country.” paulraven1

        …and that’s where we part ways …Trump has shown no sign of wanting to be a dictator, even of approaching that line, much less crossing it – which would be a red line for me.

        What avails me to fight for my country and the values I hold dear if you but sell them cheaply to the first dictator that would but momentarily ease your pain. Why save this country from the Marxists and globalists, only to bend my knee to a king?

        In the heat of the moment, there are too many voices among us who cry for such. I pity those who listen to their siren song. ‘If only POTUS would do this – or that – or grow some cajones – or declare martial law – or slaughter a few hundred unarmed women and children – THAT would teach THEM a lesson, by God!”

        Yes, it surely would teach a lesson – but what is that lesson, eh?
        Are we really that desperate? – that far gone? – that stupid?

        Trump isn’t. Why should we be? Stop with the ‘dictator’ nonsense, eh.
        We are Americans. I bend no knee but to my creator. Not now, not ever.

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      • purpleibby says:

        Well Paul, you already have open borders Mike Lee talking about taking back the powers from Trump. Perhaps you should help ratio his bs comment since he didn’t was so quiet when Obama used his Presidential powers. I’M SICK of the different standard for this President just because Trump actually wants to do what they claimed to want to do but lied about.

        They already screwed us on OBAMACARE, if they betray us on this THEY’RE FINISHED!

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  6. bayoukiki says:

    I am really not concerned about any legal action taken by the democrats to stop him from pulling funds from other sources. So the USSC rules he can’t do that. Effect? Neither can Joe Biden use that when he becomes President to “address the gun emergency,” something Joe (or whoever) would have done regardless of whether DJT did this.

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    • Artist says:

      you’re joking right?
      Pedo Masher Joe will never become President.
      Listening to Bongino’s podcast this morning he alluded to Joe’s connection to the Dirty Dossier Collusion Delusion….and now that we see Joe’s toe dipping in the water, there is information forthcoming.

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    • Cisco says:

      The only gun emergency will be when someone tries to take mine.
      The Dem’s can pass laws, ordinances, etc , but someone will have to come and personally take mine.
      God forbid it will be one of my brothers in blue.

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      • Gunner says:

        Have debated that very scenario, Cisco. My arms will also have to be stolen from me….and I will die if need be. But, I will NOT raise my arms against law enforcement — unless I can verify that a socialist, leftist politician or their ilk is disguised as such.

        So, what does that mean? It means that law enforcement will, indeed, have to take my life. If they’re willing to do that, have at it. I’m just passing through, anyway.

        God be with all of us!

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        • Lindenlee says:

          My cpunty in S. FL has a sheriff that “declared” us a sanctuary county without a vote of the commissioners, or a vote of the people. None of the deputies will even tell me why. They are the rulers and I am the peon that pays their salaries. We are awash 2ith illegals and refugees. So, no, I do not respect LE here, or in several other places I have lived.

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      • MAJA says:

        The libs hair is on fire and I’m being called all kinds of names because I pointed out that they can’t ban constitutional rights this way, but they could ban abortion. They’re all in a dither at this thought. Teehee.

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    • andrewalinxs says:

      National Emergency Act is a Law and has requirements in order to be used properly. In order to declare a Gun Control emergency a law on Gun control has to first be passed so the President would be able to cite a reason for needing to do gun control as an emergency.

      If Barrack Obama only needed to declare an emergency to enact Gun control he would of ALREADY done it when he was President lets not fool ourselves here. If he created Daca he would of tried to do Gun Control Emergency if that was possible.

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      • purpleibby says:

        Not really the same…..You cannot use a National Emergency to override the Constition(2nd amendment)….there’s plenty of cause to build barriers to protect from drugs/invasion/trafficking etc. We just went through caravans and more are going to approach. It’s going to seem idiotic with those caravans coming to try and argue we don’t need barriers.

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        • andrewalinxs says:

          I didn’t go down that road because that argument I felt involved more subject matter then I wanted to get into.

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        • bakocarl says:

          In different words, a reason or cause is not the specific requirement for a NE. The declaration a national emergency requires that the President specifies the provisions of law under which he proposes that he, or other officers will act.

          The NE is to enforce existing law – so, as you have said, that law must exist and be cited as the subject of the action of an NE.

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        • California Joe says:

          Exactly! The Constitution does not prevent the construction of a border wall and illegal immigrants do not have a constitutional right to cross the border!

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    • James F says:

      One small problem with Pelosi’s ridculous hypothetical.

      Illegal immigration is NOT A CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED RIGHT but the right to bear arms is.

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  7. Luke of the D says:

    Patriotic Americans fully support you President Trump! Build the Wall! To hell with Congress! MAGA!

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  8. tsmifjones says:

    Ann Coulter is Off the Reservation..

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    • Artist says:

      she can go back to Mittens because he is so strong and forceful on the Wall

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    • cynicalconservative says:

      She was never on the reservation. She’s selling books.

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    • Eric says:

      I am actually starting to wonder if she’s been paid off by the Dems.

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      • RedWave 2020 says:

        I detest this new spending deal and have hammered the GOPe for capitulating to the Barbara Lee’s of the Democrats vs. negotiating with the so called “moderates” but still at this point I’m beginning to think Ann Coulter is a Rahm Emmanuel plant trying to divide our base so they can conquer in 2020 just as they admitted they would do. https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2018/11/29/emanuel-dems-job-over-next-two-years-is-to-divide-trump-and-his-base/
        Her stupidity with regards to negotiating is quite frankly terrible. She seems to be quite a few steps behind the rest of our team (not including rinos) when it comes to negotiating. For instance, our allies such as Hannity, Newt Gingrich, Freedom Caucus etc. understand that if we were to negotiate a full barrier in congress we will likely have to give a DACA extension or work permits , TPS etc. to the “moderate dem’s” and “Rinos” not to mention that we have no chance of reducing legal immigration or other wish list items but they’re still smart enough to know this deal was bad and that we should have negotiated with the moderates rather than pelosi, barbara lee and forced a discharge petition.
        In a perfect world we would pass Ann Coulters plan but this obviously is not one and we have make do with what is best and put up a strong and reasonable fight for what is achievable and fair.

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      • purpleibby says:

        I said it along time ago….she’s being paid by someone who is in the opposition. Seems obvious to me.

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        • RedWave 2020 says:

          Yeah even if we had gotten Wall without DACA (impossible situation) she would have started screaming bad bill because no 80% cut in legal immigration numbers. If we had gotten that she would have started complaining that not every illegal in the country is deported yet.
          I agree with her points but it’s quite clear she’s a troll and perfect is the enemy of good. Hell, she even parrots some of the rat’s narrative: “muh visa overstays” (A favorite Dem talking point trying to claim wall isn’t necessary). We respond “Fine we can cover that too as it’s not mutually exclusive from wall” then they always seem to shutup (Clealy they don’t want to address visa overstays).

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    • ElTocaor says:

      She was never on it. She just plays conservative on TV to make actual conservatives look looney. Ms. Barren Womb has been harping on about demographic change for years yet has ZERO children. Beware the leaven of the Pharisees!

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    • She’s a useless shrew

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      • Ozark says:

        Yes, but will Hannity or any of the other so-called “conservative” talking heads call her out? Bet not.

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        • Remington..... says:

          ‘Seem to recall some time ago that she was on Lou Dobbs. Playing her cute role, Lou asked her if she would support the President unconditionally. She didn’t respond. She has not been back since.

          Now let see if other…conservative hosts…have the same stuff to lock her out.

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    • peace says:

      Ann has been off the reservation for quite some time. She has a few loose marbles where her brain is supposed to be.

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    • El Torito says:

      Ann, we’re begging…get an enema.

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    • Ozark says:

      That’s right Ann, help get a Democrat elected in 2020.

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      Ann is (and many others are) going to have to decide at what point the bitching becomes counter productive. Seriously. If you’re that p.o.’d find another candidate.

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      • Bubby says:

        Mark maybe she could hookup with Chris Christie he said he would be a better President than Trump? Oh wait she already said the country needed Christie to run for President then later Ann tweeted Christie was “dead to me” – never mind! Maybe former Massachusetts Gov Weld hasn’t make it to the Coulter love then hate list yet! Ann why don’t you run for President maybe you wouldn’t end up hating yourself or then again you might?

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    • lolli says:

      Maybe ms warren can assist Ann and help her find her way back. 😉

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    • The Boss says:

      Coulter is off the medication!

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  9. AmericaFirst says:

    Angel Participant: “This is real.”

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  10. youme says:

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  12. bulwarker says:

    And the spin begins. Please tell me why this deal is “good” but the deal Trump was offered last year, with a Republican held Congress, offering more money for the wall with less restrictions was “bad”? Tell me why he didn’t declare a national emergency prior to now, and why he had to wait for this BS bill? Spare me the nonsense about the RINOs in congress opposing a national emergency, as their support means nothing. Tell me why the president couldn’t veto this bill and force the RINOs to override him revealing the uniparty. Tell me why we bothered to build wall photo-types, which the president cannot use, but his spokeswoman just claimed on WMAL it’s not an issue because those 2017 style bollards are ‘still the best option.’ Tell me when birthright citizenship is going to be dealt with, and DACA, and on and on and on.

    Next time, I guess….

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    • Dennis Leonard says:

      So many enlightening words.

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      • Ready Steady Go says:

        Careful. The vsg crowd will accuse you of being a “concern troll” and report you for banishment. The same people who said to keep it shutdown. There is more waffling than at a pancake House.

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    • Zippy says:

      LOL, I have same questions.

      BTW, how did you guess the Rep’s 2020 campaign motto, “Next Time!”?

      The full version:

      “Give us the House, the Senate, the Presidency, you people yearning to breath free so we can do everything we promised this time next time!”

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    • lolli says:

      No worries bul, it’s just rain. Really.

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    • Tom! says:

      Good questions. I’ve been wondering why it was so Important to go backwards. Many on this site are convinced that this has been a brilliant move. At this point I’m just not smart enough to understand what so many others do.

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      Well, my friends. No sense standing on the ledge dancing around. If you’re gonna jump, jump now. Just do it.

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      • bulwarker says:

        We are more likely to sit home in 2020. You die hards may be motivated, but Trump needs a diverse (I hate how that word has been b*&terdized) swath of the population to turn out and the advice he is getting from the Bushites and RINOs hurts those chances. We are past the half point. Trump cannot campaign on rhetoric, only results, and what we are seeing does not jive with what was promised.

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        • lurker2 says:

          We are more likely to sit home in 2020.

          YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. The President has worked miracles and done it practically all by himself but you are hypercritical (sitting there behind your keyboard) and he doesn’t do everything exactly as you want it so you’re going to blow this great thing by sitting at home like a p***y.

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        • FrankieZee says:

          So you are going to sit home, and let a DEMO CRAP win and then open up the borders so millions of ILLEGALS can pass through, what will you do then? Bend over and take it.

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        • Mark McQueen says:

          Thanks. Watch that sudden stop at the bottom.

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        • davidb says:

          I guess the 35000 people at ElPaso versus Beto’s 200, isn’t a good enough indicator…..

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        • andrewalinxs says:

          This is where I normally go to explain how your wrong and point out several facts. I assume however you already read them… so going to give you a video I linked earlier. Man covers about everything I said earlier so listen then by all menas go into exile if that is what you wish.

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    • Ted Koehl says:

      No spin. We have a President who tries to follow our Constitution and play by the rules. President Trump should have rightly expected the Congress to have solved this immigration issue to include security of the southern border and some type of fencing/wall.

      The President wanted the Republicans like Ryan and McConnell to actually do their job for the American People. McConnell had the added problem of not enough Senators to reach the 60 required for passage. Ryan was pussy footing around and wasted alot of time finally giving a partial bill too little and too late which was unable to pass the Senate anyway.

      Ergo the new Congress with more Republican Senators (still under 60) but less radical, and an opposition Democrat controlled House. Very tough to get a Bill through and yet there is one signed which will add funds to many issues sans the border wall, but otherwise good funding and will allow regular government operations. It takes the government shutdown spectre off the table.

      Last, the President can demonstrate he has repeatedly notified the Congress about a dangerous border crisis that they failed to act upon. By declaring an emergency, the President now can access border wall funding in all the additional areas not covered by the current Bill.

      The President expects court challenges, but anticipates prevailing. In the meantime border wall construction and other security improvements continue. Do not let the clouds from the media obstruct the clarity of what is happening.

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      • bulwarker says:

        “McConnell had the added problem of not enough Senators to reach the 60 required for passage.”

        Please show me in the Constitution where it says the Senate needs 60 votes to pass a bill.

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        • lemmus1 says:

          Article 1, Section 5
          Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.

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    • dallasdan says:

      Your observations and questions are reasonable. Unfortunately they are equally disturbing to those who strongly desire they not be addressed.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Mark McQueen says:

        Addressed by whom and to what end?

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        • dallasdan says:

          A casual reading of the comments clearly indicates a cadre of Treepers resent any comments that express honest, concerning observations about or raise legitimate questions regarding the purpose and efficacy of the President’s actions.

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          • Mark McQueen says:

            Now we get to what end. Are you thinking of staying home next year too?

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            • dallasdan says:

              First, there are no Congressional or Presidential elections next year.

              Absolutely not.

              Moreover, I seriously doubt any patriots who participate in the commentary here will withhold support from the President, regardless of their expressing any confusion or consternation regarding his actions.

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              • Mark McQueen says:

                Next year is 2020, is it not? As for your serious doubts, I’ll refer to the reply to my post from the poster who you think is being reasonable with his observations and questions.

                “We are more likely to sit home in 2020…..”

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    • snarkybeach says:

      maybe in a future time when the media decides to tell the truth

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    • snellvillebob says:

      Cement walls are cheaper than steel walls but you cannot see thru them.

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    • convert says:

      Trump thought with Ryan gone and with more Republican seats he would get more of what he wanted. But Dems we’re more motivated than Repubs (because they know power is the whole ballgame. Win. Then argue.) Despite his valiant effort, he lost the House and didn’t gain enough to overcome the Rino’s. It sucks. But any other Republican would totally cave and do the COC bidding.

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  13. Crusain says:

    Ann Coulter has announced that she will fully support the Bill Weld candidacy. His Green LGbtq platform that mirrors the Dems but is even more globalist on trade doesnt faze Ann because Weld has promised to build a wall from his empty distilled spirits bottles.

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    • mimbler says:

      Is he running as a republican? If so, he’s no threat in the primary.

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      • RedWave 2020 says:

        He started an exploratory committee. Yeah he’s really bad even by riino standards. He was the libertarian VP and even then 90% of the libertarians no less conservatives hated the guy for being a big government Romney clone especially after he essentially said vote hillary if you live in swing state towards end of election.

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    • David Vicknair says:

      Coulter is just trying to sell another book. She wanted Trump to stick with the shutdown even if it caused him to crash and burn, which it would have (think air traffic controllers union threatening to strike just before the Super Bowl) and then she would have rushed to write a book about it. She probably already had a working outline.With Coulter it’s always about the new book. Hell will freeze over before she completes an interview without hawking her newest book.

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  14. lurker2 says:

    Bless you Sundance for adding the transcript because I cannot watch the video right now! But I can read.

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  15. Perot Conservative says:

    Why don’t his handlers ever give him a GRAPHIC or two? Pretty simple.

    4′ x 4′ graphic

    1. Illegal Immigrant crime

    6-7 numbers

    2. Drug Flow, Southern border

    Heroin, meth, fentanyl, cocaine numbers

    Then Acosta or some dope says there is no problem, he can ask, “Jim, you think these numbers are manufactured?” [Points to chart]

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    • Bree says:

      Handlers? Careful. Your troll is showing.

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    • Summer says:

      “Handlers” was an example of an unfortunate choice of words that overshadowed a very astute observation.
      There were a few moments during this event when I also felt some numbers and graphics would have been really helpful. Less talk, more visual aids. He could have his DHS answer a few questions. Stress the cost of the illegal immigration vs. the cost of the wall. Overwhelm the audience with statistics. He mentioned the numbers of rapes, burglaries and murders during his rally, why not present these numbers now? Force them to actually report it, especially since they asked. Angel Moms’ presence was effective.

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      • MamaTried says:

        I wish stats from the CDC on leprosy, typhoid, unvaccinated people would be used. The cost of healthcare going up as a result and danger of… bedbugs, lice. Gross everyone out.

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    • lurker2 says:

      Even if he had graphics the media twits would still say he was wrong.

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  16. markone1blog says:

    I have heard that the bi=partisan bill gives border area local politicians veto power over sections of the wall that fall in their jurisdiction. Has anyone seen the same?

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  17. TwoLaine says:

    If Trump declares a national emergency over the border, he’ll be on solid legal ground
    by Joseph DiGenova
    14 Feb2019
    https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-if-trump-declares-a-national-emergency-over-the-border-hell-be-on-solid-legal-ground-20190205-story.html

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    • Nigella says:

      ACLU has already filed a Law suit and used the presidents own words against him.. the “i didn’t need to do this, but i was in a hurry.” as proof there is no “emergency.” Of course we know the president didn’t mean it that way… We shall see what the Courts say, but they have a bad track record.

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      • benifranlkin says:

        Johnathan Turley on FOX this am said that SC won’t even hear it and will kick it back…Pres has broad powers and there is already legislation from 1975 giving green flag to Pres. Takes 2/3rds majority in House and Senate to veto the old bill

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        • lemmus1 says:

          “Takes 2/3rds majority in House and Senate to veto the old bill”

          Only POTUS can Veto a bill. A simple majority in the House and Senate can write new legislation changing the old bill. In the Senate, depending on the current rule, it may require 3/5 majority to pass.

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        • Johnny Dollar says:

          I’m thinking the same thing – that the SC will decline to hear it.

          The is, simply, a fight between the the Legislative branch and the Executive branch and has nothing to do with the Judiciary Branch or the Constitution. I don’t think the SC wants to referee this fight.

          If the Executive branch doesn’t agree with the Legislative, then the Executive branch can legally invoke a National Emergency.

          Likewise, if the Legislative Branch thinks a National Emergency by the Executive Branch distorts the separation of powers (or some such thing), then the legislative Branch has the legal power to impeach.

          In short: the president has the legal right to declare a National Emergency.
          Pelosi and her pals, if they don’t like it, are only left with the legal right to impeach

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          • bakocarl says:

            Actually, if Pelosi and pals don’t like it, the have to pass a joint resolution rescinding it . . . and the President can veto that, forcing a 2/3 vote from house and senate to override the veto.

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        • bakocarl says:

          The way it works is that Congress has to pass a joint resolution rescinding the NE Declaration. If the President vetoes that joint resolution, then in order to override the veto, Congress must pass the joint resolution by a 2/3 margin in the House and Senate.

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      • TwoLaine says:

        He didn’t have to do this, because Congress should have easily funded it.

        He is in a hurry because our borders are repeatedly being invaded, and not by onesie, twosies, by massive thousands in caravans. The are stealing our wealth. Drugs, diseases, rapists, murders, sex offenders, thieves, kidnappers, human traffickers and more.

        I would invoke the 9/11 Commission findings. I’m surprised no one has brought it into any of these border invasion discussions. Everything we learned we seem to have forgotten. NO ONE can talk about 9/11 more powerfully than President Donald TRUMP.

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      • Skippy says:

        Context:
        ” I didn’t need to do this (if Congress funded the wall as all previous presidents were funded for borders)”.

        “But I was in a hurry (because there is a border emergency/crisis as I explained many times)”.

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      • James F says:

        “I didn’t need to do this” in this context is clearly “it didn’t need to be this way”.

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      • andrewalinxs says:

        That is not a legal argument.

        50 U.S.C. §§1601-1651
        Sec. 1621. Declaration of national emergency by President; publication in Federal Register; effect on other laws; superseding legislation (a) With respect to Acts of Congress authorizing the exercise, during the period of a national emergency, of any special or extraordinary power, the President is authorized to declare such national emergency. Such proclamation shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register. (b) Any provisions of law conferring powers and authorities to be exercised during a national emergency shall be effective and remain in effect (1) only when the President (in accordance with subsection (a) of this section), specifically declares a national emergency, and (2) only in accordance with this chapter. No law enacted after September 14, 1976, shall supersede this subchapter unless it does so in specific terms, referring to this subchapter, and declaring that the new law supersedes the provisions of this subchapter.

        Read the text People It is ironclad.

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        • andrewalinxs says:

          Also:
          Sec. 1631. Declaration of national emergency by Executive order; authority; publication in Federal Register; transmittal to Congress When the President declares a national emergency, no powers or authorities made available by statute for use in the event of an emergency shall be exercised unless and
          until the President specifies the provisions of law under which he proposes that he, or other officers will act. Such specification may be made either in the declaration of a national emergency, or by one or more contemporaneous or subsequent Executive orders published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress. Sec. 1641. Accountability and reporting requirements of President (a) Maintenance of file and index of Presidential orders, rules and regulations during national emergency When the President declares a national emergency, or Congress declares war, the President shall be responsible for maintaining a file and index of all significant orders of the President, including Executive orders and proclamations, and each Executive agency shall maintain a file and index of all rules and regulations, issued during such emergency or war issued pursuant to such declarations. (b) Presidential orders, rules and regulations; transmittal to Congress All such significant orders of the President, including Executive orders, and such rules and regulations shall be transmitted to the Congress promptly under means to assure confidentiality where appropriate. (c) Expenditures during national emergency; Presidential reports to Congress When the President declares a national emergency or Congress declares war, the President shall transmit to Congress, within ninety days after the end of each six-month period after such declaration, a report on the total expenditures incurred by the United States Government during such six-month period which are directly attributable to the exercise of powers and authorities conferred by such declaration. Not later than ninety days after the termination of each such emergency or war, the President shall transmit a final report on all such expenditures

          These means the entire argument of ACLU does not mean squat all Trump has to do is Follow the above and he has justification.

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  18. Don McAro says:

    Ann Coulter is the kind of woman you find running around the Walmart Parking lot looking for her car with her remote high in the air. And Trump is the guy watching her, honking his horn every time she hits the remote……..

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  19. Monticello says:

    You get what you can in DC, precedent set that Congress recognized need for barrier funding…..harder to legally challenge national emergency to build more barrier.

    Pelosi blinked and lost but snake McConnell got everything that he wanted. McConnell needs to be primaryed out in Kentucky….. Trump is just the man to make that happen.

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  20. duchess01 says:

    Thank You, sincerely, Sundance – for posting the transcript – the hearing impaired are most grateful!

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  21. Carson Napier says:

    “But first, I have to straighten out the military. The military was depleted. And if we don’t have a strong military — that hopefully we won’t have to use because it’s strong — if we don’t have a strong military, you don’t have to worry about debt; you have bigger problems. So I have to straighten out the military. That’s why I did the $700- and $716 billion. But growth will straighten it out.”

    The most important thing to straighten out re America’s military is not lack of money, as the American military has more of that than at least the next 6 nations combined. What most needs straightening out is intelligence as the Bourbon Generals at the Pentagon don’t seem to have any more of that than Occasional Cortex, or we wouldn’t still be in their Operation Enduring Insanity, now in a mind numbing year 18, in their Trillion Dollar Bridge To Nowhere in Afcrapistan with them using America’s own troops as disposable Lab Rats to sacrifice to their all-cultures-are-equal god called COIN, with nothing achieved even remotely worth the price of all the lives and limbs they have thrown away and with another $50 plus billion allocated for their continuing insanity in 2019. But I think you already know that, Mr. President, and that is why you will soon take their living toys there away from them and bring them back home.

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  22. Sharpshorts says:

    Off the wall thought : Perhaps the President’s legal team discovered a flaw in the Dem’s bill.
    So he signs it anyway to keep the gov open. Then he declares the emergency which the Dem vow to fight.

    Down the road a bit as the wall is getting built:
    The fight gets to the Supremes to decide if the President can or cannot declare the National Emergency. The administration’s argument is that the Dem’s bill is unconstitutional due to the restrictions placed within it usurping the Presidential authority to declare an emergency.

    This scenario puts the Supremes in the middle of the fight to decide which Co-EQUAL branch is more equal than the other.
    …but it also gives Roberts ANOTHER chance to re-write a law for Congress…(think of the ruling on the ACA “it’s a tax, therefore constitutional”.)

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    • benifranlkin says:

      What makes you think the SC will even touch it if there is already legislation enabling the Pres to use it for the border?

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    • Sharpshorts says:

      Still thinking of the ridiculous mess the uni-party has put the country in:
      BREAKING –
      The “The New Green Deal Strategy” Dems attach an “addendum” to the bill —
      “Three Strikes You’re IN”
      If caught 3 times entering illegally and get returned to Mexico, you get to stay here as an undocumented worker…

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    • WSB says:

      This bill is only good until September. Build the easy parts until October 1st.

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    • bakocarl says:

      Here’s an excerpt from 50USC Chap 34, Sec 1621(b) that bears on your discussion:

      “No law enacted after September 14, 1976, shall supersede this subchapter unless it does so in specific terms, referring to this subchapter, and declaring that the new law supersedes the provisions of this subchapter.”

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      • Sharpshorts says:

        “No law enacted…shall supersede this subchapter…[unless]”

        Bottom line — eventually the Supremes decide the law and any exceptions to it.
        (ie; see subchapter 502 of subchapter B part IV of Sec 1621(b) … etc.)
        That’s why they get the big bucks /sarc

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  23. simplewins says:

    Hannity just said that his sources tell him POTUS may have upwards of 10 Bill additional dollars to build the wall!
    MAGA

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  24. Ozark says:

    “Experts: GOP/Dem Deal to Spark ‘Largest Surge’ of Young Border Crossers ‘Country Has Ever Seen”
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/02/14/experts-gop-dem-deal-to-spark-largest-surge-of-young-border-crossers-country-has-ever-seen/

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  25. Joe says:

    Too many still view illegal immigration theoretically.

    I view it from the Mexican Colony of California.

    Once your vote is cancelled out and will never count again, you’ll get it.

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  26. Wayne Robinson says:

    President Trump was right when he told the world that his supporters wont abandon him . Anne Coulter is now bad mouthing our President / her support was most likely her trying to kick a whole for her to get something but me i want to give something now Anne reveals she is exactly like her asshole husband two peas in a pod . Who needsfriends like this ? Not me .

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  27. Troublemaker10 says:

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  28. Biggyrat says:

    I have watched this President run circles around everyone. Time and again people scream about what a disaster he just allowed, only to see everything work out to his benefit in the end. My support for this man is unwavering. It is fun, however, to see so many running around with their hair on fire, once again. Please, let us not over-react. I mean, what are we, a bunch of weak kneed liberals?

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    • lurker2 says:

      Well you know so many ingrates think they can do a better job than Trump. They’re constantly critiquing his ever move, nitpicking everything he says, predicting disaster for every decision, and crying that he’s “caving” or “rolling over”.

      To them I say this: run for President, win, and let’s see how you do. 🙂

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  29. The American Patriot says:

    If you notice, he did not announce the signing of this horrific border security bill.

    So the shutdown can still happen

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  30. andyocoregon says:

    My favorite part of the Q&A was President Trump’s response to Abilio Acosta:

    THE PRESIDENT: Because your question is a very political question because you have an agenda. You’re CNN. You’re fake news. You have an agenda. The numbers that you gave are wrong.

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  31. Very good speech and questions except two key areas. And on those my BS meter went very high.

    1) China –
    He will delay the March 1 tariff hike if a trade deal is close. How is close or closer defined as it is not close at all today on the key points and has not gotten any closer on the key issues from day 1. He cannot remove the tariffs unless China changes their entire way of business so they do not steal from us.

    And Xi just came in the meetings and put his foot down and said we cannot change some basic ways we do business. Essentially telling his deal makers not to deal on the key points. It is those very basic ways they do business that make a tariff less trade deal impossible because essentially China has price supports for their products (product dumping) and tariffs against the US built in to the way they do business for the last 30 years..

    2) Debt –
    Trump avoided that question entirely as he knows it is really really bad and blowing up fast. The total US Fed debt rose 1.47 trillion dollars in 2018. More than any year under Obama and we are not in a recession. Do not get confused by a lower budget deficit. There is budget deficits that are based on the operating expenses. But then you have to add other things like Federal pension and medical fund payouts which have grown to about 500-600 billion a year now in cost to keep funded.

    So total debt increased more than any year ever in US history in 2018 but the budget deficit was lower because it does not include all total government costs. Some Presidents have temporarily underfunded the Fed pension and medical funds to make their total debts look less. Just like some states do.

    We are not in a recession yet and pumping a trillion dollar of debt stimulus in. The whole country is hooked on debt and feel they no longer need to worry about it. Even Trump publicly admits he does not worry about the debt at all. Congress and Trump are all big spenders and they like it. They all get some money for everyone’s dreams.

    So why is the economy booming?
    1) Tax decreases
    2) Massive US deficit spending stimulus like we are in a recession already since Day 1 of Trump administration. Massive bloated budgets which Trump Ok’s just like nothing is wrong.

    What happens when we get into the next recession. Deficit spend 200% more? We need some infrastructure projects $200B to blow it all up some more.

    Apparently Both Trump and Congress love their massively bloated budgets which Trump said he would get reduced and departments under control. Whatever happened to those reports Trump requested of how each department could cut expenses. In the trash cans.

    The central banks of the world have created an entire globe of governments and people hooked on massive debt and zero interest rate money that only benefits the rich.

    PS. If you want to poke Trump on his weakest area where he has absolutely no defense. Poke him on the massive debt increases while not in a recession. Obama had an excuse of trying to get out of a massive recession. Trump has no excuses except he loves to spend. Just like Congress loves to spend except the Freedom caucus old Tea Party people.

    Full Disclosure: I am a strong monetary and fiscal conservative. And prefer not to rob needlessly from our future to spend wildly today to look good. We are a dying breed. Certainly not many left on government work.

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    • rustybritches says:

      wow, for someone that is a strong monetary and Fiscal conservative You are not too smart You talk about Obama had to spend because this country was in a recession, Lough out loud, my goodness That man spent nothing on this country but gave away millions to companies who he knew was some one that had helped him get into office and they were going to fail so that was fine with him, He gave away millions to our enemies and he took more vacations than any man had any right to do and you talk about PT just wanting to spend.. Oh my where have you been,? He has had to pay for at least 4 very bad hurricanes and floods and wild fires and such and he had to rebuild the Military from the ground level up and he has had to spend money on the VA to help the Vetrans so that they could get decent out side health care and he has managed to spend 2 trillion dollars and he has saved billions on military planes and other trade deals that was just pouring good money after bad, and look at what he has done for the people who now love and respect him, and that includes me I am not happy with this bill but the Dems and the Repubs are too stupid to understand where this country could be if they would only help him, however, they wont and there is no use talking. He had two people who was suppose to be working with him to help him to grow in to the job and they screwed him every time he turned around and so No one can tell you not to think what your posting but maybe you should think twice before saying what you just did.. Your totally wrong in your thinking and I don’t care if you like it or not..
      I have had it for today and time to log off and go rest

      good night all Sorry,

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      • lemmus1 says:

        1) Good god Gerty, try and read SD’s guidelines and break your comments into readable paragraphs.

        2) Yada, yada, yada – Seeker of Truth is essentially right, you are wrong in attacking him for stating the simple truth. The debt is growing and it damn well shouldn’t be. While I agree that military spending was necessary, I see no restraints as yet in other areas and the off-books debt is literally soaring.

        The soaring economy and massive tariffs are hiding the debt bomb but it’s still there and growing faster than ever. Facts are facts. Using Obama as a strawman is simply nonsense. This is Trump’s economy now. It’s been gold so far on growth but at some point, POTUS has to get hold of the fiscal spending reins and yank on them really hard.

        Else the whole debt structure will collapse and take us down like a flushed toilet.

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        • Bubba Cow says:

          right, but this is a crappy funding bill … and which includes $5.3 billion for wall constructions in Israel, Jordan, and Ukraine??? Cut out that crap!

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    • jebg46 says:

      Obama had quantitative easing and 0 interest.

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    • Marc says:

      What good is your fiscal conservatism when your nation is helplessly addicted to drugs and invaded by illegal aliens? What good is a balanced budget when your middle class is being intentionally wiped out and being turned into paycheck-to-paycheck serfs for a selfish oligarchy class?

      Your breed needs to die out. They constantly moan about the spending but seem to ignore every other problem in our country.

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  32. Pollyanna says:

    I’m trying to think strategically but I haven’t found an answer anywhere. What possible good can come from signing this bill for PDT? If it’s veto-proof, who cares? Make them double down while listing each ridiculous item from it while they vote! By signing it he just makes himself complicit to it’s horrible effects.

    I don’t believe he caved because he doesn’t do that and there was nothing to lose with veto. So there must be a strategy. But I’ve got nothing.Help me out here.

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    • lurker2 says:

      Do you think Trump is stupid? Do you think you know better than he does?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Pollyanna says:

        Did you even read the post? Why are you trolling people who agree with you?

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        • lurker2 says:

          You wrote: By signing it he just makes himself complicit to it’s horrible effects.

          You definitely don’t agree with me. I support President Trump. I trust that he is making the best decisions that he can make. He’s the one doing all of the work.

          Y’all want to give Trump some crap for his imperfect actions, but you can’t take it when someone calls you on it.

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    • dallasdan says:

      The President did not “cave.” He was out-maneuvered and overwhelmed. Appropriately, he conceded. Another shutdown was acceptable to the Dems and would very likely have again ended in acquiescence and failure for the President. The bill was a win for the Dems and McConnell.

      The fight has progressed to round two: lawfare.

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      • Dutchman says:

        Bottom line; according to the Constitution, Congress appropriates the $!

        Executive can do very little, without the $.

        Congress, both faces of the one united against DJT Uniparty, think that if they deny him the wall, he won’t win reelection.

        After all, his deplorable rascist base ONLY voted for him BECAUSE he voiced their rascist views, and promised them a wall.

        He gave it his best shot, exposed the Dems and caused the GOPe to expose themselves a little more, and as he said will build the wall, anyway.

        Ann can suck wind, my support hasn’t wavered, and won’t waver.

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        • Dr Fate says:

          My support will never waver. And for all of those who believe that Trump should have gone for a veto which a malevolent Congress would override, ask yourselves what good that would have done for Trump or the country.

          Some want to release their anger for the sheer gratification of getting at the enemy.

          While understandable to us, it is not the route the POTUS can always take.

          He is President, not some kamikaze pilot.

          Keep the faith;we could have been a lot worse off after 2016. In fact, I believe we could not be better off than we are.

          If any of the others had gotten the nomination, our conversations would be galaxies away from what we are now engaged.😊

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        • bakocarl says:

          “Bottom line; according to the Constitution, Congress appropriates the $!”

          And that is true. However, PTrump will use money appropriated by Congress that can be used legally in accordance with PTrump’s NE Declaration, to improve the southern border barrier. Congress still appropriated that money, but with the flexibility to be used now by PTrump.

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    • jebg46 says:

      How can Congress explain not funding USA wall but in same bill give 3 foreign countries billions of $$ for their walls?

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    • EWeatherwax says:

      I generally agree with you. If he had refused to sign it, then in 10 days it would have become law anyway (the veto proof majority). I would have preferred that he said that he could not in good conscience sign it even though it would become law, and then list all of the awful provisions in it, and let the congresspeople take the heat from their constituents over the next ten days.

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  33. Troublemaker10 says:

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  34. It was his worst performance. He looked defensive-constantly going to other topics, repeating himself, etc. He looked like he knew he had screwed this up and understands that his major promise may never happen. Bid Trump fan here but this was not a good day.

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    • lurker2 says:

      You’re a big Trump fan but you nitpick his press conference. I’m sure you would do better at the job …. right?

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    • dallasdan says:

      He is not accustomed to losing. A response that is out of character for him is understandable.

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      • lolli says:

        Hi Dallas.
        PT seemed mostly distracted to me at the beginning. I can see why.
        What I thought was out of character for PT is he did not address the bill at all. He did not sign it until after the press conference.
        I wl be called a troll for this, lol, but seriously, how much more do you think Texas can take in before we turn blue?
        San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas and all of south Texas already blue.

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        • dallasdan says:

          Hello lolli,

          Thanks for your reply and insight. I and my patriot friend in the House believe Texas turning blue is highly probable within a generation. Current demographics, illegal immigration/voter fraud, sanctuary cities, and population growth being a geometric progression (Latino birth rates) all support the supposition.

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    • map says:

      Sundance,

      The question is this:

      Will Trump’s veto actually veto the law, or will Congress simply override the veto, with the Republicans being the deciding vote?

      So, in either case, the bill becomes law. With Trump’s veto, we have a situation that looks like Republicans and Trump cannot cooperate, leading to an information cascade that paints either party as incompetent and incapable of managing government or even themselves. True, Trump could still declare an emergency, but if they cannot manage cooperation with legislation, then how can they manage cooperation under a NE?

      Without Trump’s veto, we then have have a discussion to what extent the NR is negated by whatever poison pills the legislation enacted. The general consensus is that National Emergencies supersede any such laws.

      I would have preferred that Trump veto, but I can see the logic in what happened. Remember, we are entering a period where law means nothing, so much so, that an entire chamber of Congress can conspire on behalf of foreigners against American citizens and no one calls them out on it.

      Overall, this result is a step in the right direction because it brings us closer to martial law.

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    • FrankieZee says:

      He was pissed off that his fellow Republicans let him down once again.

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  35. GSR says:

    The Uniparty want open borders – for the cheap labor (for the GOP donors) and to swell the numbers of “non-Whites” in order to dilute the vote of native born White Americans (for the Left).

    No one will or even can stop their plans. Just accept it.

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  36. dallasdan says:

    While your passion is not offensive, your multiple, insulting remarks to others belittle your credibility and integrity.

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  37. Nessie509 says:

    President Trump just needs to be concise and accurate and prepared when the press asks a question. I’m not his speech writer but….
    When Acosta said in his question “No emergency. Border crossings down”.
    President Trump needed to agree 2018 border crossers were 200,000 less than two previous years.(Pew Research) Border crossers were 8 million in 2016 and 2017 and 7.8 million in 2018. So, it was less in 2018.
    But Jim, if you’re okay with 31.8 million people new to our country in three years who are not citizens, broke the law crossing the border and using resources of our country, then it’s not an emergency.
    In fact, in 1995, 3.5 million crossed the border. Every year those numbers increased until 2014 where they topped 12.2 million. Overall, since 1995 more than 60 million people crossed the border and used stolen Social Security numbers to get a job. If you’re okay with 60 million non citizens in the USA then you’re right, Jim, this isn’t an emergency to you.
    But, as President, I promised to defend the border and that’s what I’m doing. This is an emergency.

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    • lurker2 says:

      Another one. President Trump needs to (fill in the blank) Because you know so much better than he does what he should say.

      You nitpickers are really unbelievable. And you are all ingrates.

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      • dallasdan says:

        “You nitpickers are really unbelievable. And you are all ingrates.”

        Ad Rem moderates those who won’t moderate themselves.

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        • lolli says:

          Look on presidential thread. Unreal.

          Liked by 3 people

          • ezpz2 says:

            Yup, I was called a liar and all other kinds of things for highlighting what the President said about restrictions in response to those who were saying the wall is being built.

            In fact, we were restricted to renovating, which is okay. But we’re going to run out of areas that we can renovate pretty soon. So — and we need new wall.

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          • Victor Laszlo says:

            You tell em, lurker. Only comments praising our perfect president should be allowed here, right? You shouldn’t have to “take it’ and actually debate the questions raised; people should just be content with everything he does because he’s the president and they aren’t.

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      • Ray Clark says:

        And you’re not helpful acting like a rah-rah fanboy.

        Vinegar Joe Stilwell said this when the allies got run out of Burma by the Japanese: “I claim we got a hell of a beat­ing. We got run out of Burma and it is hu­mil­i­at­ing as hell. I think we ought to find out what caused it, go back and re­take it.” Between you and Joe Stilwell, I pick Joe Stilwell.

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  38. hard masada says:

    Great interview segment by Jon Miller w/two angel moms you have to watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xcNlbyYLVk

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    • Kathy says:

      Thanks for posting this! It’s a great video and I found the concerns of these moms to some of the provisions of this bill to be credible and serious. Unfortunately, though they met with the President, it seems as though it was signed anyway. I was fascinated that the one Mom said “something was different” this time, in regards to them initially being denied by WH staff to see the President. I also was intrigued by the comment that the President essentially told them this bill is only in effect until September.

      My biggest question is – do the provisions mentioned in this video regarding unaccompanied children and family member amnesty END in September? Huge issue with this bill.

      And for the pain of having to read all of Lurkers in-your-face comments to those who have angst on this thread, just STOP.

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  39. MVW says:

    Trump make a significant comment about having to learn how to deal with Congress and being disappointed with someone, which was taken to be that snake Ryan. Yet there was never any secret about Never-Trump Ryan.

    However, there is someone else closer to Trump who spent a lot of time in Congress and who was supposed to help Trump with the learning those ropes… Pence.

    Pence has been on my enemy mole list since the beginning ever since he torpedoed Flynn, stabbed Flynn in the back.

    So I wonder if Trump has finally seen through the Pence facade?

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    • Mariposa323 says:

      You know , I think our President can even handle the lackluster support of his closest advisors , but what is the worst is when WE don’t at least credit him with doing EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER , to keep his promises … that is what he doesn’t need . We don’t need to put him on a pedestal , he may make mistakes as he admitted with Rat Ryan , but we must at least show our unwavering support for the monumental mission that he has committed to : nothing less than the restoration of HOPE , for American society , it’s constituiton and freedom .

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      • rich hahn says:

        But he didn’t do everything in his power. He could have vetoed the bill and demanded Congress act responsibly.

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        • Mariposa323 says:

          Except they had votes to override the veto … 83 votes in the senate by the Uniparty . McConnell was directing the band from the get go . You know why ? What else is more or as important as the border ? Think : judges. How many still not confirmed ? Without Mitch , nothing happens for the big picture of our agenda .

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      • WES says:

        Mari: Yes Trump made a big mistake trusting Ryan’s promise of wall funding if he would just sign first funding bill.

        Noticed this time Trump had Mitch say he would support emergency on floor of Senate before he signed this funding bill!

        A small but sutile difference!

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    • Perot Conservative says:

      I had similar concerns.

      Lets say DJT is blessed with 2 terms. Who carries his mantle for term 3?

      Mike Pompeo?
      Jim Jordan?

      (Nunes voted for the disaster, right?)

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  40. rich hahn says:

    I sure wish he had vetoed the darn bill. I think Trump should go after Senate Republicans for allowing this to happen. I bet if Trump called them out publicly, those up for re-election in 2020 would straighten up pretty quickly.

    If he can’t control elected Republicans, what chance does he have of getting the rest of our agenda passed?

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  41. HickTick says:

    Some of you would be better off heading back over to the Hill or Fox news comments section where you belong , ,Your feathers are showing over here , and We don’t pay you any attention .
    Contrary to your belief We are not having try outs for Eeyore bloggers .

    PDJT is playing the cards he is dealt and he will get My support no matter what .
    Your constant complaining about him is getting old , Move along , You know who you are .

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  42. Philip Faustman says:

    Take away all the spin and we have nothing but reckless fiscal irresponsibility. This is a huge win for the swamp and a huge disappointment for Trump’s supporters like myself. It funds reception centers for illegal aliens not the wall. This bill incentivizes more illegal immigration and does nothing to prevent it. Worse of all it keeps us marching towards a financial disaster by increasing the national debt faster than ever before. The politicians get their millions so they could care less about us bottom feeders. The people they swore an oath to protect and defend. They don’t give a damn about us. Obviously. The revolution is coming sooner than you think. When the dollar loses its value in the blink of an eye that’s when it will happen. For now the Sheeple sleep.

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    • rich hahn says:

      I agree. Trump missed an opportunity to rise above Congress and treat them like the children they appear to be. They needed a good swat on the behind and he failed to administer it.

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      • WES says:

        Rich: Look nobody likes the turd Congress gave Trump! Trump sure didn’t!

        But Trump has three sources of funding. The restricted $1.3 billion new wall funding, emergency wall funding, and quiet out of sight funds from various executive branches.

        So the $1.3 billion can’t be spent building walls wherever the drug cartel’s bribes are the biggest! Now we know where the most corrupt places on the border are! Stupid Dems!

        Now who says Trump won’t build walls there using other non emergency sources of funding not encumbered by the turd bill or any other legislation!

        Meanwhile the Dems will be fighting tooth and nail to stop the emergency funding! Yes this funding will likely be tied up in court for the next two years or so! But in the end Trump will win this battle too!

        Meanwhile the wall keeps on being built!

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  43. Skippy says:

    Need a lift tonight? Watch how Donald Trump blew off all deniers/haters over the campaign and won!

    “FUNNIEST TRUMP CAN’T WIN COMPILATION”
    4,367,370 views

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  44. GSparrow says:

    I have read the Bill’s summary and so many persuasive arguments from both sides that I can not come to a firm opinion either way. Just when I am convinced by one side the other presents a persuasive argument. There are those that believe the Uniparty’s Decepticon Bill is the end of the wall or at least a long delay and those that think this Emergency Proclamation route means the wall will be built soon and that the contentious provisions in the Bill like Dem mayoralty approval and so on can easily be overcome. This has become a divisive and puzzling issue for many which is exactly what the Uniparty and their Dem leadership had hoped for.

    I’d like to read sundance’s detailed opinion and see if it can shine a convincing light on the truth and the facts. I’m not usually this uncertain on an issue. POTUS’s adviser Hannity skirted the issue last night.(ie Bad bill but will sign. No firm details)

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    • Lion2017 says:

      I’m not sure if this has been posted here. Hannity was talking on the radio about the bill & how many things were taken out. He specifically spoke about getting permission from local mayors to build a wall. This has been removed. It would be very helpful to have a summary of facts regarding this bill.

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    • WSB says:

      Having the same issue, but I do know this chunk of money is approved within the entire CR through September, so maybe it was just better to take the money, build wherever possible and then deal with the other areas after.

      How this ties into a National Emergency, I do not know.

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  45. map says:

    Sundance,

    The question is, does Trump’s veto actually guarantee that this law will not be passed. If it becomes law anyway, because of the Congressional override, then what are the circumstances?

    With Trump’s veto, we have a situation where Republicans and Trump are at war with each. This looks incompetent. You may still have an NE, but how is that going to be managed if Trump and Congress are at odds?

    Without Trump’s veto, the only question now is how effective this so-called legislation is in negating a National Emergency.

    in the end, we are nearing the point where these parliamentary maneuvers don’t matter because the law no longer matters. The Democrats amply demonstrated that they serve other masters besides their constituency, to the point where they will side with foreigners over American citizens.

    In any case, we are now one step closer to a declaration of martial law.

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  46. Dances with Wolverines says:

    You can blame the President for signing this bill all you want, but keep this in mind.The Congress is in charge of making laws and spending money. We, The People elected our representatives to Congress to make laws, spend money, raise taxes and lots of other things. The President is simply signing into law a bill that was approved by a majority of those who We The People elected to represent us. So tell me one more time why I should blame the President for signing this bill. We The People are the problem. The President is simply doing his job and making the best of a bad situation the We The People gave him.

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  47. ThingsWeTakeForGranted says:

    I love this guy. Thank you Mr. President!

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  48. Marcia says:

    I heard on our local news that our RINO Senator, Rob Portman, is going to introduce legislation that would provide 12 billion dollars to fix up parks; yes, that is right, parks! Of course I believe he is one of the players who helped put together the latest budget which only gave 1.37 billion for a much needed border. It is this type of backstabbing that the President is up against! And Portman is only one of many who are out to make President Trump irrelevant.

    In addition, I think the only reason President Trump signed the budget bill is because he signaled to Mitch McConnell that he would. It is my understanding that after that several “poison pills” were added, which were not brought to the President’s attention until after he said he would sign it. President Trump is a man of his word, so he signed it. I believe that is the reason that he signed it without any fanfare, in private, because he knows it is bad and that he trusted the wrong person. Just my opinion.

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  49. JonB3 says:

    I was pissed that PT was gonna sign this … But the real enemies are McConnell, Ryan, and the traitor RINOS …

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    • Rene says:

      I find NO fault at all with what President Trump is doing or how he is doing it. We will all be in a world of hurt if the democrats get back fully in charge.

      Now here is a link to info on the border wall being installed as we speak. We should spread this around since the media won’t do its job.

      https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/border-wall-contract-awards-california

      Border Wall Contract Awards in California
      Release Date: December 21, 2018

      WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), has awarded a contract to construct up to 14 miles of secondary wall and up to 15 miles of primary pedestrian replacement wall in California within the U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) San Diego, Yuma, and El Centro Sectors. The contract was awarded on December 20, 2018 to SLSCO Ltd. using CBP’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations. The total contract value, including options, is approximately $287 million. Construction for the San Diego secondary is anticipated to begin in February 2019 and construction for the primary pedestrian replacement wall is anticipated to begin in July 2019.

      And here is a video showing the construction in one area.

      http://a1r.tv/videos/view/18747?fbclid=IwAR2cYhEIcAURJsR4h8Ydb_CiJStQYsqf7Xz4xs04qO4c3xCfQZG64UCaSPU

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    • Lion2017 says:

      Agree! President Trump told us during his rallies that he was promised the funding for the wall. I think he knew that the Republican leadership wouldn’t come through but hoped that they would. We need to support POTUS because the R & D politicians & media want us to abandon him.
      He is attacked 24/7 by the hate filled media, politicians, the corrupt individuals who tried to overthrow the results of the election … etc.
      I support President Trump 100%.

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