The precedent of declaring emergencies where none exists will be increasingly dangerous under Individual-1, since his tendency has been to act when the #TrumpRussia probe gets closer.
Even today, the emergency declaration for his “wall” seemed also timed to bump the renewed interest in Andrew McCabe’s role in the obvious obstruction of justice being poorly managed by the WH.
And it’s such an emergency that he’s off to play golf this weekend at Mar-a-Lago.
These will be important weeks coming up, as the Spring season will bring increased preparations for military action in conflict regions, whether in South America or the Middle East.
“John Bolton is in a position to fulfill his wet dream of attacking Iran,” having encouraged Iran to return to develop nuclear weapons by withdrawing from the accord.
The Congressional vote to withdraw US forces from Yemen is only a first step in the eventual questioning of tweeted military withdrawal plans and the renewed Trumpian interest in keeping military forces in Iraq “to keep an eye on Iran”.
This is especially weird if President deems current situation a national emergency https://t.co/6uISDCLUp9
— Matthew Waxman (@mattwaxman1) February 14, 2019
The dog wagging could likely occur in the coming months, when it could concurrently benefit Israel’s elections in April.
When respondents are asked whom they want as prime minister, the polls consistently show Netanyahu far in front of all rivals, undented by multiplying reports that he faces indictment in up to three corruption probes, though not backed by a majority.
SCOOP: DOJ has warned the White House an emergency declaration is nearly certain to be blocked by the courts on at least a temporary basis, preventing immediate implementation of the president's plan to pay for the wall. However, WH believes they can ultimately win on appeal.
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) February 14, 2019
A national emergency for the wall:
– Is unpopular
– Is more unpopular than the wall itself
– Is unlike past such declarations
– Likely requires lots of eminent domain
– Is predicated on a dubious 'emergency'
– Lets Trump feel unbound by checks and balanceshttps://t.co/rD9DDsnKrJ
— Philip Bump (@pbump) February 14, 2019
“More deranged than usual”
Trump’s emergency declaration is going to make him look even more ‘raging’ and ‘delusional’ than before: WaPo columnisthttps://t.co/w2lJFlrxkK
— Raw Story (@RawStory) February 14, 2019
"Trump’s willingness to invoke emergency powers to circumvent Congress is likely to go down as an extraordinary violation of constitutional norms" – legal specialists "warned that the long-term costs to American democracy could be steep"
by @charlie_savage https://t.co/49KDY8O44f
— Michiko Kakutani (@michikokakutani) February 15, 2019
Victoria Gotti said Trump once told her:
"Your dad and I, we’ve been in each other’s company. We know a lot of the same people.”https://t.co/CMzEtvY30D
— Azi (@Azi) February 14, 2019
President Trump will be traveling to Mar-A-Lago tomorrow according to White House sources.
Additionally, a NOTAM was filed (below), confirming the trip.
This vacation will follow his expected declaration of a national emergency. pic.twitter.com/ku76MfF5yM
— TᖇAViS AKEᖇS (@travisakers) February 15, 2019
During a briefing in July 2017, according to McCabe, Trump refused to believe U.S. intel reports that North Korea had test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile.
He thought North Korea did not have the capability, McCabe said, "because Vladimir Putin had told him so." https://t.co/j6siErkleR
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 15, 2019