Both sides of the political aisle have taken issue with President Donald Trump’s recent national emergency declaration that will shift previously appropriated funds to border wall construction after months of negotiations with Democrats on the issue fell flat. But the White House is now putting an end to allegations that Trump is to blame for this mess.
According to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, if Congress had accomplished what it should have in Trump’s first two years to end the crisis at the border, “then the president wouldn’t have to fix this problem on his own.”
Her message to Senate Republicans now? “Do your job.”
Congress has failed
The Hill reported that the Democratic-controlled House already passed a resolution against the emergency declaration, and the Senate is poised to follow suit in a matter of days with as many as 10 Republicans crossing the aisle to join Democrats in opposition to the border security move made by Trump.
While some of those Republicans intend to vote against the president’s declaration for principled reasons regarding executive powers, others will likely do so to spite the president with whom they so often disagree. But they only have themselves to blame for forcing Trump to declare a national emergency, according to Sanders.
During a Wednesday appearance on Fox & Friends, the press secretary excoriated Congress — particularly Senate Republicans — for failing to act on numerous prior occasions to properly secure the border.
Asked directly about the Senate Republicans who would join the Democrats to block Trump’s declaration, Sanders said: “My message to that group is to do your job.”
“If you had done what you were elected to do on the front end, then the president wouldn’t have to fix this problem on his own through a national emergency,” Sanders continued. “The president has the absolute authority — in fact, he has a duty to call a national emergency to fix the crisis that we have going on at our border.”
“Do your job”
Sanders went on to reference recent data that shows that 76,000 illegal aliens crossed the U.S.-Mexico border just last month, enough to fill a major stadium.
“That is a massive number of people coming across our border,” Sanders said. “If that doesn’t define [a] crisis, I don’t know what does. And that’s something that we have to address.”
She then berated Congress again for failing to fix the problem before it got this out of hand.
“Congress should have fixed this problem,” Sanders said. “The president tried multiple times to get Congress to work with him to address the crisis, they failed to do so, and now the president has to do what is absolutely necessary and what is right, and that is to declare a national emergency and fix the crisis at the border.”
Indeed, many Republicans were sent to Congress by voters who wanted them to take action to secure the nation, and in that, they’ve failed miserably. And now that President Trump is attempting to pick up their slack, they are standing in his way.