Adam Schiff: Declaring National Emergency To Build Border Wall Is A "Non-Starter"


Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) tells CNN's Jake Tapper that President Donald Trump trying to use emergency powers to fund the border wall is a non-starter for negotiations to end the government shutdown.

REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D), CALIFORNIA: Thank you, Jake. Happy new year.

TAPPER: So, you just heard me talk with acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

And one of the things that Mulvaney and I were talking about was the deliberations about the president potentially invoking emergency powers to fund the border wall. What do you make of that? What do you think?

SCHIFF: I make of that really threatening talk from the president that he doesn't have the power to execute.

Look, if Harry Truman couldn't nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this president doesn't have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion-dollar wall on the border. So, that's a nonstarter.

And I think that what the president needs to do more than anything else -- he's painted himself into a corner on this thing -- is figure out how he unpaints himself from that corner. We need to reopen the government. We need to put people back to work.

And I think Senator Jones was making a very important point, which is really something that I'm very focused on as well. And that is, we can't allow this continual process that was really modernized by the Tea Party that, if I don't get what I want, if I don't get what I don't have the votes for, if I don't get what the country doesn't want, I'm just going to shut down the government.

If you reward the president with that kind of tactic, Jake, then we're going to see every year the president shutting down the government. And we just can't afford to do business that way.

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