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The Morning Briefing: Harpy Acosta Helps Sell Trump's Wall and Much, Much More

Good Friday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president hosts a roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities with State, local, and community leaders

I want to plug my friend Derek Hunter's podcast, The Daily Daily Caller Podcast. I listen to it almost every day and I encourage you to listen too.

Jim Acosta's owngoal

Yesterday, President Trump took a trip to McAllen, Texas, to check out the NOTACRISIS U.S./Mexico border. Whenever the president travels, so too does the media circus. Jim Acosta, the president's own personal media harpy, shared some thoughts about the existing border wall with Twitter.

Well, Jim, there's a wall there. Q.E.D. The point was not lost on Don Jr.

But the best troll of Acosta goes to the president.

Related:

Elected Republicans Roast Jim Acosta For Inadvertently Proving Walls Work

‘We Need To Finish The Job’ — Border Patrol Sector Chief Explains Firsthand Why A Border Barrier Is Desperately Needed

Tucker Mocks ‘Renaissance Poet’ Jim Acosta For Border Wall Video

Dems ready to challenge Trump's national emergency

The Democrats have made it clear that they will not negotiate with Trump over the wall so it is likely that Trump will declare a national emergency to build the wall. Now the Democrats are getting ready to challenge that authority, which was used by Obama without issue. Now do I like expanding executive power? No I don't, but we all need to play by the same rules. We can't have the Democrats doing anything and everything to "fundamentally transform" America while we sit back and insist we are prevented by rules from fighting back. Either everybody follows the rules or nobody follows the rules. And only one side has been following the rules for quite awhile.

But Democrats are considering their options — from issuing a legal challenge to grilling administration officials at hearings for executive overreach. Many Democrats predict their chamber would quickly pass a resolution instructing the House counsel to sue the administration for ignoring the appropriations clause in the Constitution. Congress, after all, has the power of the purse. And Democrats would likely have standing to challenge the administration for usurping their authority for what they view as a phony emergency.

“We’ll challenge him in committee hearings. We’ll challenge him in the courts. And we’ll just continue to challenge him and push back because that’s not the way this should be handled,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.).