The new administration is threatening to impose martial law if Congress doesn’t act soon to address the debt ceiling crisis.
The Trump administration is signaling that it plans to begin issuing emergency rules that will trigger martial law in a series of targeted measures.
The White House announced Thursday that it would use its “unprecedented authority” to seize control of the federal government, impose mandatory pay cuts and close the nation’s borders, but not if Congress fails to act by Monday.
The president will use the emergency powers to “impose martial law on the federal executive branch and impose mandatory overtime, unemployment compensation and other benefits to the federal workforce,” the White House said in a statement.
It also said the administration would “immediately halt all activities that have caused the national debt to increase more than $16 trillion in the past 12 months.”
“If Congress fails, the President will use his unrivaled authority to declare martial law and to impose mandatory work and other restrictions on the United States government,” the statement said.
President Donald Trump said Thursday he would use his powers as president to impose military martial law unless Congress votes to raise the nation $16.5 trillion.
The president also said he will consider imposing a one-year ban on travel to the United Kingdom, France and Australia, and to bar U.S. citizens from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Yemen.
The United States has a $16-trillion debt ceiling problem.
The country needs to raise that money to pay its bills in the coming weeks.
If Congress doesn’T act, the U.N. Security Council would have to approve a new measure to fix the debt and keep the U,S.
borrowing limit stable.
The White Houses statement came a day after a Republican senator said the president’s plan to declare war on law would be unconstitutional.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the proposed emergency rule would not apply to the military, but he called the move unconstitutional.
Corker said it was important for Congress to act on the debt limit to prevent the Trump administration from seizing control of federal agencies.
“We are very concerned that the president is going to impose an unprecedented amount of martial law over our government, but if the United Nations wants to impose that kind of a measure, we’re going to have to have a two-thirds majority in Congress,” Corker said.
“So, I would not like to see this happen unless we have the ability to do something about it.”
Corkman added that the proposed rule could be applied to “anybody, including the President of the United State.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R/S., said Trump’s actions are “unconstitutional.”
“We’ve got to have the constitutional powers to defend our country,” Graham said.
Senators Mike Lee, R -Utah, and Thom Tillis, R /SC, also called the Trump actions unconstitutional.
Tillis said he’s concerned that Trump will use “unilateral executive orders and executive orders of his own to bypass Congress and impose martial laws” in a crisis.
Senates are considering whether to take up a resolution to force a vote on the fiscal cliff, which is set to be voted on Monday, to avert a government shutdown.
The fiscal cliff deal was struck in December between the House and Senate, and President Barack Obama signed it.
The White House has argued that Congress cannot raise the debt level without agreeing to a new plan to avert the shutdown.
But the deal did not address the issue of raising the debt.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D -N.Y., said Thursday that the Trump move is “dangerous and irresponsible.”
“I’ve always said that I would support a vote to pass a short-term, bipartisan deal to address our nation’s economic crisis,” Schumer said.
But he added that he “cannot support a one sided deal that would make the debt crisis worse by delaying the recovery process for the middle class.”
Senators are considering a measure that would require the president to sign a memorandum that would force Congress to raise its debt ceiling.
That measure, introduced by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Rep. Mike Coffman, R. Nev., has yet to be introduced.
A similar measure failed in the Senate last week.
The measure, sponsored by Sen