When President Trump promised the American people that he would build a wall and stop the flow of illegal immigrants into America, he likely had no idea that some of the biggest opposition to his dogged determination to make America safe again, would be coming from within his own party. Trump probably never dreamed that at the same time he was being sworn in as our 45th President of the United States, the Democrat Party would be committing to resist every attempt he would make to deliver his promises to the American people. Imagine the outcry from the media and the American people, if the Republicans treated Barack Obama with the same indignation…
The Hill – President Trump hinted in an interview with Hill.TV that he will use his executive powers to do more on immigration before the midterm elections.
“I’ll be doing things over the next two weeks having to do with immigration, which I think you’ll be very impressed at,” the president said during an exclusive 45-minute Oval Office interview on Tuesday with Hill.TV.
He declined to say what the impending action might be. Several senior aides told Hill.TV that they didn’t know what the president intends to do.
Trump accused Democrats of opposing his wall on the Mexican border only to spite him given the fact that it was one of his signature 2016 election promises, and he said he needed a filibuster-proof GOP majority in the Senate — or an end to the legislative filibuster.
“We’ve started an 80-mile stretch,” the president said, identifying funds he’s moved around.
“The entire Democrat life is to try and make sure we don’t have a wall, not because we don’t need it, because we do. But because that was a promise that I made, and they want to try to make sure I don’t deliver on that promise,” he added.
The problem, he said, is that the Senate requires 60 votes to approve legislation without a filibuster, and Republicans hold just 51 seats.
“We gotta get to 60,” he said. “So 10 Democrats are controlling the Senate. We shouldn’t have the filibuster rule. The first thing that [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer would do if he ever took control of the Senate is get rid of the filibuster rule. And for whatever reason, and nobody can explain it, they just won’t do it. Which means we need to get nine more Republicans. So, it’s a very tough thing, even though we need it.”
The GOP’s chances of getting a majority of 60 are very unlikely in this year’s midterms, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been decidedly cool to Trump’s previous calls for ending the filibuster.
Breitbart reports that the Senate isn’t Trump’s only problem…
President Donald Trump is angry at the deputy who has done the most to implement his campaign promise to end illegal immigration — Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Trump is angry largely because he feels Sessions allowed the Democrats to launch the Mueller investigation. Trump told TheHill.com:
I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad. I’m not happy at the border, I’m not happy with numerous things, not just this … everyone of my cabinet members is doing great. I just have one group that’s not been good. You know what that group is.
But Sessions’ “Department of Justice is absolutely critical to achieving Trump’s immigration agenda,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies.
Sessions runs “the immigration courts and the prosecution of criminal aliens and other serious immigration violators,” she said. In contrast, DoJ officials under President George W. Bush deferred to the cheap-labor demands of business, she said.
“The other important reason the administration need Jeff Sessions as AG is that every serious move the administrations takes to restore integrity in the system is being challenged in courts,” she said. “We need Jeff Sessions and his team to understand the issues and how to defend the President’s agenda from these legal attacks, but also to pick the right people for defending them in court.”