President Trump's political strategy is completely clear: use his persistent promotion of a border wall to energize his core supporters. His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, told Fox News that "border security" is the "No. 1 reason" those ardent advocates will vote to re-elect him. Trump himself tweeted as the partial government shutdown began, "We have the issue, Border Security, 2020!" Are Trump and Parscale correct? What is the president's real base? And will it be sufficiently motivated to deliver Trump a second term? Many Republican strategists say the answer is no. "The problem is that the base is nowhere close to a majority of the nation," GOP pollster David Winston told The Washington Post. "In a government of the people, for the people and by the people, it sure helps to have a majority of the people behind what you are trying to do."We calculate that Trump's true base is about 37 percent, far from the number needed to win -- unless a third-party candidate divides the … [Read more...] about Trump building 2020 campaign on the wall
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Martin Finucane Globe Staff January 09, 2019 President Trump is continuing to leave open the possibility that he might declare a national emergency and try to authorize a controversial wall on the southern border on his own if Congress won’t approve the $5.7 billion he’s asking for.‘‘I think we might work a deal, and if we don’t, I might go that route,’’ he said Wednesday.A number of legal experts have weighed in on the concept. Here’s a roundup from around the Web of what they’ve been saying: Can he declare a national emergency? Advertisement Elizabeth Goitein of the Brennan Center for Justice told PBS that the president has almost unlimited discretion, under a 1976 law, to declare a national emergency. She said there is no definition of a national emergency in the law or any requirement for the president … [Read more...] about Can Trump build his border wall on his own? Here’s what the experts are saying
Tuesday on CNN’s “The Lead,” host Jake Tapper commented on President Donald Trump‘s policies and public statements on the “issue of border security.”Tapper said, “President Trump is preparing his prime time speech using the dignity and gravity and majesty of the Oval Office and Resolute desk to push his case for building the border wall, as the fact checkers prepare for their version of the Super Bowl.” He continued, “President Trump’s very first Oval Office address to the nation using a prime time bully pulpit to try to sell his border wall and justify the federal government shutdown. The president is facing many challenges this evening. He needs to convince at least some of the 57% of the public who oppose a border wall that there is a clear and present need for one. He needs to buck up wavering Republicans on Capitol Hill whose constituents are starting to feel the pain of the government shutdown, convincing them that the … [Read more...] about CNN’s Jake Tapper: Trump Building ‘a Wall of Lies’ on ‘Issue of Border Security’
ONE of Donald Trump's most famous campaign pledges was to construct a "great, great wall" on America's southern border with Mexico. Designs have been revealed but with questions over funding and congressional support for the project, will Trump ever see the "big, beautiful wall" he promised his supporters? Why does Trump want to build the wall? During his presidential campaign, Trump promised supporters he would take a hard stance on immigration and build a giant wall on the country's southern border. He maintained Mexico would have to pay for it, saying he wanted to construct a barrier to keep out illegal migrants. The tycoon said he would build an "impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall" between the US and Mexico. In controversial speeches, he branded Mexicans "rapists" and "criminals" who were bringing problems into the United States. The policy proved popular with voters in some heartland Republican areas as Trump unexpectedly swept into the … [Read more...] about Is Donald Trump building the wall, what will the US-Mexico border look like, who’s paying for it and how much will it cost?
World Donald Trump International Affairs Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared that President Donald Trump is creating a new world order underpinned by U.S. leadership and democracy, despite suggestions to the contrary from his critics. Delivering a foreign policy speech to diplomats in Brussels, Belgium, Pompeo blamed Iran and China for instability in the world, and said the U.S. is committed to peace and prosperity (via Reuters). “In the finest traditions of our great democracy, we are rallying the noble nations to build a new liberal order that prevents war and achieves greater prosperity,” Pompeo said. “Under President Trump, we are not abandoning international leadership or our friends in the international system,” he added. Pompeo hit out at China, Russia and Iran, who he accused of endangering global stability, Radio Free Europe noted. The secretary of state branded the three nations “bad actors” that have exploited loopholes within … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Building New Liberal World Order Despite Global Critics, Mike Pompeo Declares