National Emergency Seeming Less Likely


Aidan O'Connor

After a week of debating whether or not he could use his powers as commander in chief to declare a national emergency, President Donald Trump has backed away from the idea.

President Trump shut down the government over three weeks ago due to deadlock between the White House and Congress over funding for a border wall. Trump is demanding $5 billion for the construction of a wall over 200 miles of the southern border. President Trump and close aides have threatened multiple times to declare a national emergency to get the funding for the wall, but now he seems to have changed his mind.

On Monday, Trump told reporters, “I’m not looking to call a national emergency. This is so simple, you shouldn’t have to do it.” In addition, he attempted to blame the Democrats for the shutdown. Trump claimed, “The Democrats should say, ‘We want border security.’ We have to build a wall, otherwise, you can’t have border security, And we should get on with our lives.”

This abrupt change comes after Trump gave an address to the American people, urging the Democrats to take action due to the “crisis” at the border of drugs, human trafficking, criminals, and gangs. White House officials constantly used the word “crisis” as well to describe the state of the border.

The government shutdown has now reached a record of 27 days, and it has affected all Americans in various ways, most notably the 800,000 workers who are not receiving their paychecks. Many have spoken out against Trump’s shutdown, including rap artist Cardi B. Cardi, who said, “We really need to take this serious and I feel like we need to take some action. I really feel bad for these people that got to go to work to not get paid.”

As Trump is trying to convince his base about the need for a wall, his approval ratings have plummeted. Within a month, it has fallen over three points to an approval rating of 39 percent, which is an abysmal number.

No one knows when the government will reopen, but the majority of Americans want to see it opened again. In a recent survey of over 50 Manhasset students, 82 percent of them wanted Trump to reopen the government. Out of those surveyed, less than 30 percent approved of Trump’s job as president, and over 70 percent disapproved. Due to these numbers, many Republicans urge Trump to reopen the government, in the fear that his reputation will be tarnished and will hurt Republicans’ 2020 chances.