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Trump Is the Real National Emergency

Posted On: Feb 15, 2019   |   Posted By: The New Republic

President Donald Trump has announced that he will sign the compromise spending bill struck between Democrats and Republicans this week, which will avert another government shutdown and provide $1.375 billion for new barriers along the southern border. Unhappy with that amount-he had requested $5.7 billion from Congress-Trump said on Friday that he will sign a national emergency to access billions more in taxpayer funds for his wall. “It's a great thing to do. Because we have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people, and it's unacceptable,” he said in a Rose Garden speech. “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.” Many Democrats, and some Republicans, are alarmed by his daring attempt to further expand presidential power. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who is running for president, called the declaration an “outrageous abuse of power.” Another 2020 candidate, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, took it a...

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