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Trump will declare a national emergency — after signing bipartisan spending bill: McConnell

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Thursday that members might be voting to pass a funding measure to keep the government open, but he expects President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency.

Trump has been making the threat for over a month and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned this move by Trump was likely.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that she would not fund Trump’s 2,000-mile concrete border wall, but would be willing to fund extensive border security measures and fund 55 miles of a fence. Trump said he was “not happy” about the agreement.

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Conservative influencers like Ann Coulter, Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity are all opposed to the deal because it doesn’t fully fund the wall the president pitched to the American people. That said, the president also said the wall would be funded by Mexico, not the American taxpayer.

According to the New York Times, Trump spent hours calling the right-wing advisors at Fox to beg them not to criticize the bipartisan deal.

“Nobody got everything they wanted,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) in an MSNBC interview. He noted there are more pressing issues in the country than the border. He said, specifically, Director of National Security Dan Coats didn’t even name it as a top priority among his international threats.

According to a Pew poll, unauthorized immigration and refugee claims have actually fallen to historically low levels, despite the president’s claim of a “crisis.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) warned the president against it in an interview with Politico earlier this month.

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“The president’s going to get sued and it won’t succeed in accomplishing his goal … [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi will introduce a resolution of disapproval that will pass the House and come over here and divide Republicans,” he said. “It strikes me as not a great strategy.”

Lawsuits are almost certainly en route. The president has said that he thinks the courts will uphold his decision that this is a national emergency. Even if the courts strike it down, Trump will be able to tell his supporters that he did whatever he could to get the wall.

If Pelosi takes the route Cornyn suggests, Republicans will be put in an awkward position, particularly those running for reelection in 2020. If they vote against Trump, they could end up with a primary challenger supported by the president. If they vote against it, they will probably alienate moderate and independent voters in the general election.

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“He’s threatening to declare a national security state of emergency and unilaterally deploy troops with Pentagon funding to build the wall,” wrote Heather “Digby” Parton. “This is a shocking idea, but it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. After all, Trump invoked a rarely used national security provision in trade law to unilaterally slap tariffs on steel and aluminum.

When asked if she was filing a lawsuit, she said she hasn’t yet, but she “may.” When speaking to reporters Thursday, Pelosi cited the separation of powers outlined in Article I of the U.S. Constitution that gives to Congress. She also gave a hint of a warning to Senate Republicans about this precedent that could give a Democratic president the ability to declare his or her own national emergencies at will.

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“Want to talk about a national emergency, let’s talk about today, the one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America,” she continued. “That’s a national emergency. Declare that an emergency, Mr. President, I wish you would. But a Democratic president can do that. So the precedent the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by Republicans and we respond accordingly when we review our options.”

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Trump claims America is ‘so respected’ — days after being laughed out of NATO Summit in London

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President Donald Trump was humiliated at last week's NATO Summit in London after being laughed at by world leaders.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron were all captured on tape ridiculing Trump.

Trump stormed out of the NATO Summit early after the embarrassment, which was featured on "Saturday Night Live."

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Federal judge in Texas blocks Trump’s move to construct a border wall with military funds

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On Tuesday, a federal judge in El Paso, Texas blocked President Donald Trump's national emergency plan authorizing the military to divert funds from defense construction to build a wall at the Mexican border, ruling that the president does not have the legal authority to use the funds for that purpose.

The ruling, issued by Judge David Briones of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, ruled in favor of El Paso County, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Rights, blocking Secretary of Defense Mark Esper's authorization of $3.6 million in military construction funds for 11 border wall projects.

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WATCH LIVE: Trump and Pence rally supporters in Hershey, Pennsylvania after articles of impeachment unveiled

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are rallying supporters in Hershey, Pennslyvania on Tuesday after the House of Representatives released two articles of impeachment.

In 2016, their Republican ticket carried the Keystone State by 44,292 votes.

The rally is being held at the Giant Center, with a capacity of 10,500.

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