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Trump Defends Emergency Declaration at CPAC, Dismisses GOP Concerns About Setting ‘Precedent’ for Democrats

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As he talked about illegal immigration during his big CPAC speech today, President Donald Trump defended his declaration of a national emergency at the border, including from some concerned Republicans.

“To confront this national security crisis, last month, I declared a national emergency,” he said to applause.

He alluded to the vote of disapproval coming up in the Senate, noting how “A lot of people talk about precedent. Precedent. That if we do this, the Democrats will use national emergency powers for something that we don’t want.”

“They’re going to do that anyway, folks,” Trump said. “The best way to stop that is to make sure I win the election.”

He mocked the “precedent” concerns and said, “I’m very concerned with having murderers and drug traffickers and drugs and drug cartels pouring into our country.”

A few Republican senators have publicly spoken out about their opposition to Trump taking this particular move, including Thom Tillis––who denounced the national emergency in the Washington Post––and Lamar Alexander.

You can watch above, via C-SPAN.

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