CAMP DAVID: BORDER SECURITY, CHINA, GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 6, 2019) — At approximately 9:41 AM EST on Sunday, CBS White House reporter Mark Knoller tweeted that as Trump left for meetings at Camp David today on border security and the ongoing partial government shutdown, he said that he is considering declaring a “national emergency” “over the next few days” as to the situation at the US-Mexico border.
At a Friday afternoon press conference, Trump was asked the question by a different reporter and responded that he is confident he could invoke executive action to fund the border wall on which he has staked the partial shutdown which began at midnight on December 22.
Trump tweeted on Saturday evening that he would be spending Sunday at Camp David, the presidential retreat where he is rarely gone since his inauguration on January 20, 2017.
According to Knoller, the Trump will also be discussing his recent discussions with China over trade, which he feels have been unfair to the United States for many years. Knoller also quoted Trump as having said that he believes the impasse over appropriations and the border wall could be solved very quickly or that “it also could go on for a long time.”
Publicly, Democrats have said they will provide no funding for a border wall, calling it “immoral.”
In recorded remarks on the White House lawn with Marine One’s propellers sounding in the background, Trump said a border wall is “desperately needed” and that it could be constructed of steel. On Saturday night, Trump tweeted that “The wall is coming.”
In his remarks before departing, Trump said that developments over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday” will determine whether or not he declares a national emergency at the southern border. He said that the “criminals” and “drugs” brought over the border as well as “human trafficking” conducted “where there’s no wall” must be stopped.
He added, however, that “we have done a lot of work” on a border wall and that his desire is to “finish” or “renovate existing walls.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.