Listen: President Trump, Mick Mulvaney, Washington discussed on This Week with George Stephanopoulos
"Now chief anchor George Stephanopoulos. Good morning and welcome to new year on this week. As we start this new year. President Trump is facing a new reality in Washington dealing with divided government for the first time consequences just starting to play out with new investigations coming in the house. Robert Muller, preparing his report and the washer right now. Stalemate day, sixteen of the government shutdown no deal in sight to get eight hundred thousand federal workers back to work and paid the border wall. Promise that fueled Donald Trump's campaign has now stalled the government he leads placeholder talks at the White House on Saturday made no progress in other meeting set later today. One big question on the table who President Trump to fight congress by declaring a national emergency and ordering the military to build the wall. He vowed Mexico would pay for let's take that. Now to one of Washington's newer powerbrokers, the incoming chair of the House Armed Services committee, Adam Smith of Washington and thank you for joining us this morning. Let's get right to it. Does President Trump have? The -bility have the authority to declare a national -mergency have the military build his wall. Or unfortunately, the short answer is. Yes, there is a provision in law that says the president can declare an emergency. It's been done a number of times, but primarily it's been done to build facilities in Afghanistan in Iraq. In this case. I think the president would be wide open to a court challenge saying, where's the emergency? You have to establish that in order to do this. But beyond that, this would be a terrible use of department of defense dollars, the president spends most of his time talking about how we're not spending enough our national security now he wants to take twenty billion dollars out of the defense budget to build a wall, which by the way is not going to improve our border security, the president seems unaware of this. But we've actually built a wall across much of the border and all border security experts that I talked to say where a wall makes sense. It's already been built we should have a conversation about national security sorry about border security, but. I we should reopen the government and start paying our border patrol agents and the other eight hundred thousand federal employees who were furloughed we saw the chief of staff went as you said, Mick Mulvaney, now say the president's willing to give on a concrete wall. He wants it to be steel. Instead, are they giving you something you can work with their now because the president really doesn't understand the issue. And actually there was a great great quote from Mulvaney from a couple years ago where he said, you know, he was critical of president. Then candidate trumps comments about a wall saying look a wall with sort of a childish response to the problem. If you understand what's happening border security, we've quintupled the border security budget in the last fifteen years, and by the way, it's been fairly effective, but we've invested in border patrol agents. We we've invested in drones and airplanes in sensors in technology, a concrete barrier is not going to but thought off people from comet Democrats have supported some barriers in the president is tweeting this morning, he said, we he's quoting President Barack Obama the Senator Barack Obama two thousand five we simply cannot allow people. Porn in the United States undetected undocumented on checked. And then I voted when I was a Senator to build a barrier to try to prevent a legal limits from coming in that's Hillary Clinton. So you voted for barriers in the past. So any concern that this hard line is going to backfire?."