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Pelosi, Others Seize on Trump Saying ‘I Didn’t Need to’ Declare Emergency: ‘He Admits it’s a #FakeTrumpEmergency’

President Donald Trump is catching flak from politcal Twitter again, this time for how he might’ve undercut his own legal standing while declaring a national emergency relating to what he’s deemed a crisis on the southern border.

Trump declared an emergency on Friday, confirming he will draw federal funding from various areas of the government to compensate for getting only a fraction of the money he sought for the border wall from Congress. The president took a series of question on his decision, and one of the most interesting moments happened when he told NBC’s Peter Alexander “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”

Shortly after Trump’s comment, numerous political observers picked up on it, and noted how Trump just admitted he did this for political reasons more than anything. As such, many believe Trump’s comments will be quite relevant once his emergency is challenged in court.

Here’s what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had to say:

Here’s the reaction from the Republican Party’s favorite Congressional freshman: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

And here’s the takeaway from many other political observers in general:

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