Mar 14 2019 After all, she has said time and again that she believes the debate over the national emergency is about protecting the system of checks and balances. The problem is that she sees nothing wrong with a president having national emergency powers, but she has a huge problem with a president she doesn't like having national emergency powers. President Donald Trump at the State of the Union shakes hands with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Washington, D. Striking this balance increasingly isn't just a matter of political positioning; it's a national necessity. Imagine our national culture if the congressional baseball shooter hadn't been immediately confronted by two brave Capitol Police officers.