Trump has long avoided using the Oval Office as a backdrop for his speeches, telling presidents that previous presidents seemed rigged and "flat" in the standard and direct camera angle. But he was convinced that the seriousness of the moment justified the Oval Office for his speech to the nation this week on the struggle for the border wall.
But from Tuesday night's talk, Trump complained that he seemed lifeless and boring, according to a Republican near the White House who was not allowed to speak publicly about private conversations. The president also expressed doubts about his visit to the border, believing that he would do little to change anyone's mind.
In a Friday morning tweet, Trump called illegal immigration on the southern border an "invasion", even if border crossings have diminished in recent years. Later, he tried to blame the Democrats for closing, claiming to be flexible about the necessary barrier.
"I do not care what it's called," Trump said. "They can call it" peaches & # 39; "
Trump told councilors that he believes the struggle for the wall ̵
But some of his outsiders advised him to declare a national emergency, believing he would have two advantages: first, he would allow him to argue that he was acting to reopen the government. Secondly, the inevitable legal challenges will bring the matter to court, allowing Trump to continue the struggle for the wall – and continue to excite his supporters – while not closing the government or immediately demanding that construction begin.
Such a move could put Republicans in a dead end. While it could end the stalemate on funding and allow Congress to move on to other priorities, some Republicans believe that such a declaration would usurp Congress power and could lead future Democratic presidents to take similar steps to advance liberal priorities.
Rep. Mark Meadows, RN.C., a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who often speaks with Trump, said that unless Republicans and Democrats reach an improbable compromise, "I expect him to declare a" national emergency ". .
Conservatives want it to be the last resort they would use, "Meadows said." But those same conservatives, I'm sure if they were deployed, would embrace it as if they had done everything they could do to negotiate with Democrats. "
In a sign of growing discomfort, five GOP senators supported a bill from Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin take back the salary checks for about 420,000 federal employees who now work without pay during closing.
Many Democrats, meanwhile, say they have little reason to grant Trump's request for the border wall since he took control of the House in the mid-term elections
"The people American gave us the majority on the basis of our global approach to this problem and rejected President Trump, "said representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fl to.