President Trump Says He May Still Declare a National Emergency to Build Border Wall (VIDEO)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Cassandra Fairbanks
January 9, 2019

President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he will not rule out declaring a national emergency to build the wall along the southern border.

Asked by a reporter about if he was still considering declaring a national emergency to get the wall built, President Trump asserted that the only reason he hasn’t done it yet is because he still hopes there may be an opportunity for a deal.

“I have the absolute right to do a national emergency if I want,” President Trump declared.

The reporter then asked what his threshold would be, to which Trump responded that it will be if he cannot make a deal with “people that are unreasonable.”

“My threshold will be if I can’t make a deal with people that are unreasonable,” President Trump explained.

There had been speculation that he would declare a national emergency during his prime time address from the Oval Office on Tuesday evening, but he did not.

“We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country, absolutely,” Trump said on Friday.

“We can do it. I haven’t done it. I may do it,” Trump told reporters. “We can call a national emergency and build it very quickly and it’s another way of doing it, but if we can do it through a negotiated process, we’re giving that a shot.”

USA Today reports, “A national emergency, declared by the president by proclamation or executive order, gives a president extraordinary powers — to seize property, call up the National Guard and hire and fire military officers at will.”

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