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.
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.).
A lawsuit from Congress is not without precedent.
Should Democrats file a lawsuit, they’ll have multiple templates to choose from. House Republicans sued the Obama administration in 2014 for unilaterally directing the Health and Human Services Department to fund Obamacare subsidies for low-income people, which the GOP argued was done without Congress’ permission.
Obama’s signature health care law did not include an explicit appropriation to reimburse insurance companies for the cost of lower premiums stipulated in the bill. And when Republicans took the House in 2010 and refused to appropriate money for the proposal, Obama decided to do it on his own.
Get ready. The Left will fight Trump on this just like they have fought Trump on everything he has tried to do as president.
Your daily WTF:
Historical picture of the day:
Why do people hate the media? This is why. Fox affiliate fires employee for doctoring video of Trump Oval Office address
Wait, I thought the Dems were cool with unsatisfying testimony before House committees. 'The secretary barely testified': Pelosi rebukes Mnuchin after Russia sanctions meeting
Sweet, nourishing gang members 20 dead in grisly Mexican gang battle near US border
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!