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Goldberg: Trump's national emergency declaration is an act of weakness

Goldberg: Trump's national emergency declaration is an act of weakness

The president's decision to declare a national emergency at the southern border was an act of weakness, not strength.

I understand that's not the party line, but it's an obvious political fact. When Barack Obama used his pen to give "Dreamers" a reprieve from prosecution, it was an act of weakness, too.

Powerful presidents enact their agendas through Congress, not executive orders. It's why they usually manage to get their big-ticket items passed shortly after an election, when they can declare a mandate. Executive orders aren't as lasting because they can be overruled by Congress and future presidents.

President Trump declared an emergency in part to conceal...

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