Trump on Declaring a National Emergency Over Border Wall: ‘I Would Almost Say Definitely’
President Donald Trump is being really…ambiguous again about whether he’ll declare a national emergency in order to build his border wall in spite of the government shutdown.
As Trump spoke to reporters while leaving the White House for a trip the border, he was asked again about the possibility of declaring an emergency if he cannot reach a deal with his congressional opponents for funding the wall. The president reiterated that he has the “absolute right” to do it even if he doesn’t want to yet, saying that would be the “easy route” compared to getting wall funding approved through Congress.
“This was passed by Congress. So when you say it wasn’t passed by Congress, it was. Other presidents have used it. Some fairly often. I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency. I haven’t done it yet. I may do it. If this doesn’t work out, probably I will do it. I would almost say definitely…If we don’t make a deal, I think it would be very surprising to me.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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