According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump has agreed today to sign the budget and border compromise negotiated this week, a move which would prevent the government shutdown that otherwise would start again on Friday.
However, as that compromise legislation does not include the funding Trump has been demanding for a border wall (over which he shut down parts of the federal government from Dec 22, 2018 – Jan 25, 2019), Trump has indicated to McConnell that he will declare a national emergency at the same time he signs the budget and border legislation.
The emergency declaration MIGHT allow President Trump to move funds from other previously funded government projects to border wall constrcution. Democrats have promised to challenge the move and numerous citizen groups have indicated they will challenge the emergency declaration in court.
In a sign of McConnell’s continued fealty to Trump, the House was prepared to vote on the legislation Thursday but McConnell was delaying a vote in the Senate pending say-so from Trump. McConnell previously refused to consider any legislation to end the last shutdown without prior aknowlegement from Trump that it would be signed if passed.
The most recent public comments from the president came via Twitter this morning.
Much like the way Majority Leader McConnell waits for final approval from Donald Trump before acting, Trump often waits for public comment from Ann Coulter or Sean Hannity. Maybe that is the team he was meeting with at the White House?
Hannity seems to offer his approval for Trump to sign the bill and then to act alone.
Coulter, however, offers a threat.
With President Trump though, the public and private positions are always in flux, and his final answer is never really assured until he puts pen to paper.