President Trump issued a warning to Democrats, that an emergency declaration is coming if they won’t negotiate a deal for a border security wall.
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MOMENTS AGO: President Trump says he may still declare a national emergency to build a border wall:
“I have the absolute right if I want. My threshold will be if I can’t make a deal with people that are unreasonable”
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 9, 2019
Washington Examiner reported that even though Trump did not declare an emergency during his prime-time speech Tuesday night, a source close to the president told Axios in a report published Wednesday that a national emergency declaration is still the most likely option.
President Trump had another unsuccessful meeting with Democrat leadership, who refuse to give in and allow Trump to protect the border.
Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
President Donald Trump indicated he may be declaring a national emergency in order to get funding for the border wall.
Following his Oval Office address to the nation on Tuesday, the president said he has the “absolute right” to declare an emergency and noted that his “threshold” for doing so would be if he is unable to reach an agreement with “people who are unreasonable,” presumably referring to congressional Democrats who will not agree to his request for $5.7 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I think we might work a deal, and if we don’t, I might go that route,” Trump told reporters at a bill-signing event in the Oval Office Wednesday.
“We’re all working together.
I really believe the Democrats and the Republicans are working together,” Trump said after signing the bill, The Washington Post reported. “Otherwise, we’ll go about it in a different manner.”
“I don’t think we’ll have to do that” but you never know,” he added.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that declaring an emergency is “something that we’re still looking at, something that’s certainly still on the table.”
She added that the “best solution” on the issue of border security is “to work with Congress.”
The president noted that the border wall still works despite criticism that it is a “medieval” solution, and he also told reporters that the shutdown could be a “blessing in disguise,” leading to better immigration policies.
“They say it’s a medieval solution, a wall. It’s true because it worked then and it works even better now,” Trump told reporters Wednesday, according to CNN.
“I would love to see a big immigration bill that would really take care of this situation,” he added. “Right now, we have a problem and we have to take care of this. But we would like to see real immigration reform in this country.”