'Fraud' Donald Trump's national emergency ploy proves 'he's not a master negotiator': Morning Joe panel
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Karine Jean-Pierre, a senior adviser for MoveOn.org, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that President Donald Trump's planned national emergency declaration proved that he is far from the brilliant deal maker he pitched himself as when he ran for president in 2016.


"He's getting $2 billion -- not for a wall, but for fencing -- and now is going to call for a national emergency declaration," she said. "It just shows you how bad of a deal maker Donald Trump is. He is not a masterful negotiator. He's essentially a fraud. He bankrupts his businesses and now he wants to bankrupt our country."

Conservative panelist Bret Stephens, meanwhile, told host Joe Scarborough that Republicans would come to regret Trump abusing national emergency powers to build a wall without getting authorization from the United States Congress.

"We do not believe, as conservatives, that too much power ought to be concentrated in the hands of one office holder," he said. "Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. The powers that Trump appropriates for himself now... are powers that future Democratic presidents are certainly going to seize using this as a precedent! These faux-conservatives are going to rue the day when they handed over so much power to an executive to act as he or she pleases."

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