Greatest Shutdown Ever: Trump Says Shutdown Could Last Months, Even Years

Trump told Congress the shutdown could last years. He now considers declaring a national emergency to build the wall.

The Wall Street Journal reports Trump Considers Declaring National Emergency to Build Border Wall.

President Trump said he was considering declaring a national emergency to build a southern border wall if Congress doesn’t fund it, following a Friday meeting with congressional leaders that both Mr. Trump and Democratic lawmakers described as contentious.

Mr. Trump said he hoped the shutdown “doesn’t go on even beyond a few more days,” but also said he told congressional leaders that the shutdown could last for months or even years if Democrats don’t agree to fund the border wall.

Later in his remarks, the president floated the idea of bypassing Congress. “We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country,” he said, adding: “I may do it.” But he said he preferred to negotiate with lawmakers to obtain funding.

A spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee called the move “legally dubious” and said it would “invite a legal challenge from Congress.”

Wall Without Funding

Curiously, a wall without funding was the top vote-getter in my January 1 poll.

Rest assured this won't go years. At some point Congress would override a Trump veto.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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George_Phillies
George_Phillies

For a long time, nothing will happen. There is finally a sign of pressure...TSA body searchers are becoming ill at several airports.

Jojo
Jojo

Any declaration of a "National emergency" by Trump will be immediately challenged in court, where it will likely take years to resolve. SO that's not going to work for Trump.

As to the shutdown, I was watching CNN this AM and apparently, the government is going to have to pay all back pay for [at least] union employees, based on a previous court case that the government lost back in 2013 from the last shut-down AND they are going to have to pay double. So at least a couple hundred thousand government employees are eventually going to get double pay for each day they are out. Which is going to cost in the hundreds of millions of $$. But who cares. We are already running at least $1 trillion deficit, so the government will just add another billion or two to that number.

Every way you look, Trump is a loser!

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Trump can still deploy the military to southern border and instruct them to shoot at anyone who tries to cross the border at non check points.

Ron Cataldi
Ron Cataldi

How will the "optics" be when poor families with kids start going hungry without SNAP? These are real people with real difficulties, and something like 40% of SNAP households have kids. Trump is basically taking hostages in this negotiating and the Democrats should not reward this behavior. Open the government and then we can talk about some kind of deal... we can even bring back the 25 billion Democrats already offered for a wall in exchange for solving the Dreamers issue.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

But CNN also has guests on claiming government employees are struggling to make ends meet. They will never reveal that employees will get back pay and more and want us to think they should be unemployed.