.@LindseyGrahamSC says even if Trump signs the deal, he expects him to both declare a national emergency and try to find money elsewhere in order to bridge the gap between $1.375 in the Congressional deal and the $5.7 billion he's demanded for his wall.— Eliza Collins (@elizacollins1) February 12, 2019
Lindsey Graham, who has yet to speak to Trump on spending deal, says president should accept it if it shows he can reprogram money with respect to the detention beds AND if he can use the money to build steel barriers. GOP appropriators say he can— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 12, 2019
Because the result will be a spanking in the courts (even Scalia relied on Youngstown in slapping down an executive order over reach by Obama; that precedent is alive and well, IMHLegalO) and Trump bringing his entire Presidency to an undeniable and crashing halt. Nancy Pelosi will bring up a resolution in the House which the Senate will have to vote on (no choice, Mitch!). It will be the point when every one in DC will have to admit the Emperor is buck nekkid. (And let us not ignore the Democrats are winning bigly on this issue, especially if Trump signs off on the spending plan and then tries to wreck the government by declaring himself the Sovereign Lord and Master. For one thing, all the nonsense getting started about the Green New Deal suddenly disappears from the radar, and who's gonna care what Ilhan Omar said?)
This is the hill his Presidency dies on.