Sen. Marco Rubio: National Emergency Move Could Hurt GOP

Blanche Robertson
January 11, 2019

There has been serious debate internally about the legal ramifications of President Trump declaring a national emergency so he can build his border wall without congressional approval. "How can we say that a wall doesn't work?'"

But Mr. Trump repeatedly insisted on the campaign trail that Mexico, not American taxpayers, would pay for the wall.

"It's not going to change a damn thing, but I'm still doing it", President Trump said of the border visit during a meeting between the President and network anchors Tuesday afternoon. While each situation was unique, Republicans have been blamed for a lot of them, although Democrats took the blame for the most recent, a short affair back in January, even though Republicans controlled the House, Senate and White House at the time.

Before the shutdown began on December 22, Trump declared at a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, that he would be "proud" to close the government "for border security." In a two-page memo posted on its website , the Trump campaign outlined how he and his administration would compel Mexico to pay for the wall: rewrite financial laws so that "no alien may wire money outside of the United States unless the alien first provides a document establishing his lawful presence in the United States", preventing Mexico from collecting approximately $24 billion in remittances, or ask Mexico to make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion for the wall.

I would just say three words to my friend the majority leader: Open the government. Using the Internet archiving tool Wayback Machine, CBS News obtained the now-deleted memo the Trump campaign posted in April 2015 describing how the US would compel Mexico to make a "one-time payment" of $5 or $10 billion for the wall.

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"There is GREAT unity with the Republicans in the House and Senate, despite the Fake News Media working in overdrive to make the story look otherwise", Mr. Trump wrote.

"Everyone wants us to win this battle", Trump said.

Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham, a Trump ally, said he doesn't know what the path forward here is.

"The last thing we need to do right now is trade pointless - absolutely pointless - show votes back and forth across the aisle", McConnell said on the floor. "I just don't see a pathway forward", Sen. "Somebody has got to get some energy to fix this", Graham said.

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