It's "delusional," says a public policy analyst, to think that Nancy Pelosi and Democrats in Congress are going to negotiate with President Donald Trump after he reopened the government without getting anything from them.
Some conservatives aren't happy with Trump's decision last week to reopen the government for three weeks in the hopes of convincing Democrats on Capitol Hill to negotiate to fund a border wall. On Sunday, Trump said he's prepared to shutter the government again if a deal is not reached by February 15.
The general counsel and public policy analyst for the American Family Association says the president has lost any leverage he had concerning the wall by reopening the government.
"Anyone who would suggest that three weeks is going to magically provoke a willingness to negotiate among Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues in the House of Representatives, they're delusional," says Abraham Hamilton III, "because right now Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have basically won the standoff without giving anything."
Hamilton says he supports the president's plan for a barrier on the southern border – but finds Trump's threat to declare a national emergency to fund it problematic.
"I think it's perfectly legal for him to do so, but I do not like the idea of a national emergency," he explains. "... It [would] create the executive precedent for declarations of a national emergency to attempt to achieve policy objectives."
Hamilton offers a scenario he would not want to see under such a precedent: "... I do not want, let's say hypothetically, a Democratic president [who] follows President Trump declaring some type of green national emergency using that executive power."
According to an online poll conducted by OneNewsNow earlier this week, approximately three-fourths of the more than 3,400 respondents predict the following outcome of the February 15 deadline for a deal on immigration: no funding for a barrier, another government shutdown – and a national emergency. Only about six percent predict any barrier funding will be part of any congressional "deal."
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.