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As Donald Trump Says, “I Didn’t Need To Do This”, He Declares A National Emergency For Border Wall

(Washington, DC)” I didn’t need to do this,” Donald Trump said as he stood before the press on the White House Lawn declaring a national emergency for a border wall.  And that was probably the only truth he mistakenly told.

Trump is right.  Whereas one wants to make sure the borders are secure, there really is no need to spend close to 10 billion dollars on a border wall and definitely right now.  When looking at that stats, ports of entry have been proven to be the high risk area for the transportation of drugs and other criminal activities.  Personal cars are your problems not people walking across a border.

This video from 2010 explores exactly what goes on at the ports.

So, as Trump tried to once again invoke terrible fear into America by painting a picture of women being trafficked into the United States with their mouths taped up.  And drugs being moved across the border at an increasing rate along with gangs making their way across the border.  It just simply isn’t true.  Not true in the dire picture that trump tries to paint.

Trump said, “I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster,” he said. “And I don’t have to do it for the election. I’ve already done a lot of wall for the election. 2020. And the only reason we’re up here talking about this is because of the election—because they want to try to win an election, which it looks like they’re not going to be able to do.”

That is probably the only truth Trump told while speaking to the press.  As a matter of fact the Washington Post explored Trump’s danger claims along the south border last year and found that there was no real threat to Americans.

Read the Washington Post Article Here

Also, recently during his state of the union address Trump said, “The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country, and [was] considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities. Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities.”  – FALSE

El Paso was never considered one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. And it’s actually had low violent crime rates for decades. Looking at the last 30 years, the rate of violent crime reached its peak in 1993, when more than 6,500 violent crimes were recorded. Between 1993 and 2006, the number of violent crimes fell by more than 34 percent and less than 2,700 violent crimes were reported.

Construction for a 57 mile border wall there didn’t start until 2008 and finished in 2009.  There was a 17% increase in from 2006 and 2011.  But the rate was still one of the lowest in 2010.

Above all, truthfully, at the CATO Institute points out stats show that the crime rate is lowest at the southern border than it is in the rest of the country.  So to declare a national emergency for something that has become an election plot is truly a scam and very irresponsible.

Meanwhile, there’s another active shooter in Aurora Illinois.  Gun control is something Trump doesn’t seem to be interested in at all.  Before we spend billions on a border wall, we need to clean up our own inside terrorism. It’s just more chaos for America at the hands of Trump.

 

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Trump Will Sign Budget Deal And Declare Border Emergency

(AP) – President Trump is ready to sign a bi-partisan budget deal once it reaches his desk. The White House also confirmed today he plans to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexican border.

In a statement today, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the President will take executive action to stop a “national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.” An emergency declaration could allow Trump to divert Defense Department funds to build a massive border wall. The bipartisan budget deal would avert another partial shutdown as one-quarter of the government runs out of money again at the end of the week.

Stacey Abrams Makes History Giving Democratic Response

(Atlanta, GA-AP) — For the first time in U.S. history, an African-American woman gave the opposing party’s response to a State of the Union address. Democrat Stacey Abram’s election for governor of Georgia was marred by allegations of voter suppression. During her response last night, she called for an end to that, saying it is time for voters to pick their politicians, and not politicians picking their voters.

She called the recent partial government shutdown a stunt and said it was a disgrace. She called on President Trump to speak the truth. She said the system is rigged to harm working people, because wages are not keeping pace with inflation. She said it is awful that first grade students are practicing active shooter drills.

Abrams called on all Americans to tackle climate change, expand health care, and intelligently secure ports and the border. The Democrat said most Americans understand that caging children and tearing families apart is wrong.

Pelosi: No More Shutdowns

(Washington, DC-AP) — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says any threat of another government shutdown should be “taken off the table” in budget talks. Talking with reporters at the Capitol today, Pelosi cited enormous impacts from the 35-day partial government shutdown that ended late last week.

A short-term spending extension expires on February 15th and congressional negotiators are trying to find consensus for a long-term spending bill.

Mueller Might Look Into Trump Campaign Ties To NRA

(Washington, DC-AP) — A former Trump campaign aide claims that the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to look into the 2016 Trump campaign’s ties to the NRA. Sam Nunberg told CNN he was asked about dealings with the NRA including how a relationship was formed and why Trump spoke at an annual NRA meetings just months before announcing his presidential bid.

The interview is the first evidence of their interest in the NRA’s link to President Trump as there were reportedly no NRA questions that were posed by Mueller to Trump.

The NRA has come under scrutiny recently for its massive donations made to Trump in 2016 and its ties to Russian nationals, including alleged Russian spy Maria Butina.

Representative Adam Schiff Reacts to President Trump

(Washington, DC) — Representative Adam Schiff is criticizing President Trump’s decision to oust information about Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip overseas. Speaking today on Capitol Hill, the California Democrat discussed the letter the president sent to Speaker Pelosi postponing her trip to visit with troops. The House Intel Committee Chairman says President Trump’s letter was “inappropriate.”

“I think the President’s decision to disclose a trip that a speaker is making to a war zone was completely and utterly irresponsible in every way. “

This comes after Speaker Pelosi sent a letter to the White House requesting to postpone the State of the Union address until the government opens back up. Today marks the 27th day of a partial government shutdown that affects 800-thousand federal workers.

Judge Blocks Trump Admin Rule On Birth Control

(AP) — A federal judge in California is blocking a Trump administration rule that would allow more companies to opt out of providing free birth control to women. California joined 12 other states and Washington, DC to stop the rule from going into effect Monday while a lawsuit against it moves forward.

Judge Haywood Gilliam limited the ruling to just the 13 states involved in the lawsuit and he didn’t block the rule from going into effect nationwide. The rule would allow more companies to cite religious grounds to get out of providing birth control to employees.

Trump’s Disapproval Rating At 57%

(Washington, DC-AP) — President Trump’s disapproval rating has been growing since the partial government shutdown began on December 22nd. According to a CNN poll, 57-percent of Americans disapprove of the job Trump is doing.

That’s up five points since December. The President’s approval rating is at 37-percent, which is roughly the same as last month. The poll also found that most Americans blame Trump for the shutdown over Democrats, 55-percent to 32-percent, while nine-percent blamed both sides.

WaPo: Trump Hid Details Of Meetings With Putin

(Washington, DC-AP) — President Trump is reported to have taken steps to keep his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin secret even from his own administration.

The Washington Post reported over the weekend that Trump took the notes from his translator after a 2017 meeting in Germany and told the linguist not to inform members of the government or other U.S. officials what they talked about. Other government officials learned of that after they asked the linguist for information on the meeting. Details of presidential meetings with other heads of state are usually shared across the government to coordinate policy and message.

Officials told the Post that there are no such records of the five face-to-face meetings Trump has had with Putin during the past two years.

Prison Guards Working Double Shifts Without Pay During Shutdown

(Washington, DC) — An increasing number of federal prison guards are calling in sick to protest the partial government shutdown or to work side jobs for some income. The Washington Post reports it has led to some prison guards working double shifts without knowing when they will get paid.

There are 36-thousand federal prison guards and because they are deemed essential they are being asked to continue working without pay during the shutdown.

The Post contacted union officials for ten federal prisons and they claim that the number of guards not showing up for work has doubled since the shutdown began on December 22nd.