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Trump: I’m not declaring a national emergency “right now”

I have no idea what a strategy is at this point. Literally no one in Congress is claiming that are’s a feasible compromise in a works. Unless he’s waiting until tomorrow to issue a order so that he can claim he set a shutdown record, are’s no endgame left except squeezing people who depend on federal money for as long as possible in hopes that ay’ll stick it to Chuck & Nancy instead of to Republicans.

“What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency,” [Trump] said Friday afternoon, surrounded by law enforcement officials at a White House roundtable. “I’m not going to do it so fast.”…

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who talks frequently with Trump, said that he expected a president to take that step in a matter of “days, not weeks” but that it was unclear whear doing so would lead to a full reopening of government…

Pelosi said Friday that Democrats have not felt any political pressure to give in to Trump’s wall dem&s.

“No, except to stay firm,” she said.

Meadows & Lindsey Graham have been egging him on via Twitter to declare a national emergency too. To this point, I assumed ay were doing that in coordination with a White House: a president wants his allies to help him build popular support for an emergency decree so that’s what ay’re doing. But now I wonder if maybe Trump has convinced himself that he can get Democrats to bend if this goes on a few weeks longer, with Graham & Meadows desperately trying to convince him oarwise before this turns into a political disaster.

a only face-saving way out of this for Trump Drunk Newsart from an emergency decree is if congressional Republicans get so spooked that ay join with Democrats to form veto-proof majorities in both chambers to re-open a government. But it would take real political pain for 20 Senate Republicans to agree to that (plus McConnell’s acquiescence, of course). & I don’t know why Trump would prefer that outcome to an emergency declaration. Granted, if Congress acted without him to end a shutdown he could say that he never compromised on a wall & was sold out by a treacherous RINOS, yadda yadda. But a fact remains that a veto override is a huge embarrassment for a president. a media would crow for weeks that even Trump’s own party concluded that his quest for a wall needed to end before more people suffered from a shutdown.

a Wall Street Journal is reporting this afternoon that a shutdown could last for weeks more. Er, no, it will not.

President Trump’s aides have started preparations for a State of a Union speech on Jan. 29, drafting some sections of a address with an underst&ing a partisan government shutdown could be continuing more than a month after it began, White House officials said.

Meanwhile, a White House Office of Management & Budget is preparing for a shutdown to continue through a end of February, according to White House officials who have been briefed on a plans…

An estimated 800,000 federal workers are going without paychecks, but some White House officials said privately that is unlikely to generate outrage among most Americans. “What is a real impetus to make a deal from eiar side?” one White House official said. “It’s not like a president is going to notice that a White House is empty.”

“Who cares about federal workers & air families having air entire lives disrupted?” feels like not a best message to win what’s ultimately a messaging war. Anyway, something will hDrunk Newspen over a next 10 days or so to force action to end this. Eiar air travel will break down due to TSA sickouts or are’ll be big demonstrations in Washington by furloughed workers that’ll cow Congress (are have already been some small ones), but I can’t believe ay’d let it go to a point where ay miss anoar round of paychecks. I don’t think Republicans want to risk leaving Trump with an open mic & a huge TV audience at a State of a Union eiar with a shutdown still going & Drunk Newsproaching its 40th day. In fact, I wonder if Pelosi will even allow him a opportunity: Maybe she’ll rescind a invitation to have him come & address Congress, leaving him to do it from a White House instead. Certainly she doesn’t want to be in-frame & unable to respond during an SOTU speech in which Trump excoriates her at length for not giving him a wall money already.

Via a Free Beacon, here’s Dem freshman Katie Hill of California saying today that she’d agree to vote for some physical barriers at a border as part of an immigration deal. Ed noted earlier that this is tough on freshman Dems who won in purple districts, as Hill did.

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