Trump Admits: ‘I Didn’t Need’ to Declare National Emergency ‘But I’d Rather Do it Much Faster’
President Donald Trump bristled in the White House Rose Garden on Friday when he faced questions about his declaration of a national emergency to get the federal funding he needs to start constructing his southern border wall.
When NBC’s Peter Alexander got the mic, he noted that Trump told Fox & Friends in 2014 that former president Barack Obama could be impeached for supposedly abusing his constitutional authority by using executive orders to enact his immigration agenda. Alexander also noted that by signing Congress’ latest bipartisan border security deal, Trump would get less wall money than he would’ve gotten if he accepted the deal that was presented to him before the government’s recent shutdown.
At that point, Trump interjected before Alexander got to his actual question, insisting “I went through Congress, I made a deal.”
“I got almost $1.4 billion when I wasn’t supposed to get one dollar,” Trump said. “Well, I got $1.4 billion, but I’m not happy with it…I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”
Trump also claimed he got “billions of dollars for other things” that supposedly went beyond his original demands for border security. He continued to tout his own supposed success before turning his ire towards the obstruction he faces from Democrats.
Watch above, via CNN.
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