July 18, 2019

Trump Learns from Obama's Worst Mistakes

“One problem with today’s polarized politics is that both parties don’t mind stretching constitutional limits to achieve their policy goals. Democrats cheered on Barack Obama’s legal abuses on immigration and so much more, and now many Republicans are cheering President Trump’s declaration of a border emergency to build his wall. Constitutional conservatives should be wary of both.

Mr. Trump explained his declaration in extended remarks Friday, and he didn’t help his legal case. “Look, I went through Congress. I made a deal. I got almost $1.4 billion when I wasn’t supposed to get one dollar—not one dollar. ‘He’s not going to get one dollar.’ Well, I got $1.4 billion,” he said, referring to the border security bill he signed Friday to keep open the government. “But I’m not happy with it. . . . In fact, the primary fight was on the wall. Everything else, we have so much, as I said, I don’t know what to do with it we have so much money. But on the wall, they skimped.”

He added that “I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this [declare an emergency]. But I’d rather do it much faster.””

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