Trump ‘not happy’ with border negotiations, declares national emergency

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Trump ‘not happy’ with border negotiations, declares national emergency

Citizen holds up sign supporting border wall at Make America Great Again campaign rally in Arizona.

Citizen holds up sign supporting border wall at Make America Great Again campaign rally in Arizona.

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Citizen holds up sign supporting border wall at Make America Great Again campaign rally in Arizona.

Gage Skidmore on Flickr

Gage Skidmore on Flickr

Citizen holds up sign supporting border wall at Make America Great Again campaign rally in Arizona.

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On Friday, Feb. 15 both chambers of Congress as well as the White House reached an agreement to avert a government shutdown. This agreement was approved by Trump so that funding toward border security would not vanish and a partial government shutdown would not begin once again.

The deal reached by Bipartisan budget negotiators Monday, Feb. 4 will allow approximately $1.3 billion to go toward a border wall. Trump expressed dissatisfaction with the negotiation due to the fact that he has demanded $5.7 billion for the wall on the southern border of the United States.

CNN news anchor Manu Raju was covering the negotiations live on Capitol Hill; another part of the agreement is that concrete walls will not be used for the border. According to Democrats in the Senate, it will take up too much funding to make the walls concrete.

Am I happy at first glance? I just got to see it. The answer is no, I’m not. I’m not happy. I don’t think you’re going to see a shutdown. I wouldn’t want to go to [a shutdown], no,” Trump said at a press conference right after a cabinet meeting at the White House.

The lack of funds the Democrats are willing to put up activated the initial government shutdown in December, but the left side has made it clear that they will not be willing to put up $5 billion for the wall.

According to USA Today, an agreement of $1.3 billion would cover about 55 miles along the border instead of Trump’s previous proposal that would have covered about 234 miles.

Though Trump signed the agreement Friday, he still declared a national emergency in order to free up more money for the border security wall.

According to Pollapoolaza, this move is very popular among Republicans, but Democrats in the House are making moves to block Trump’s executive power.

“It clearly violates Congresses’ exclusive power of the purse,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Not only do the Democrats in the House disagree with Trump’s executive decision to declare a national emergency, but so do at least 16 states that are working to bring lawsuits against Trump over the border wall.

The position of the states is that Trump’s declaration exceeds the power that the president should have. The Democrats in the House are claiming that his move is unconstitutional and that Trump is taking federal money that Congress has set aside for other reasons that do not include a wall.

“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,” said Trump to reporters in the White House Rose Garden. According to Trump, the 9th Circuit will be trying the case.