BREAKING: Trump Claims 'Absolute Right' To Declare National Emergency On Border

"If I have to, I will," Trump said.

On C-SPAN today, President Trump said that he has “the absolute right” to declare a national emergency relating to illegal immigration at the Mexican border. Speaking to reporters, Trump said that “lawyers” had advised him that declaring a national emergency was within his authority as president.

“I’m not prepared to that yet,” Trump said, “but if I have to, I will.”

“This was passed by Congress,” the president said, “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,” Trump added. “I haven't done it yet. I may do it if this [the government shutdown negotiations] doesn’t work out. Probably, I will do it. I would almost say definitely.”

President Trump also walked back his campaign promise that Mexico would pay for the border wall. “When I said Mexico will pay for the wall in front of thousands and thousands of people, obviously they’re not going to write a check, but they are paying for the wall indirectly many, many times over by the really great trade deal we just made,” Trump said, referring to the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) that his administration negotiated to replace NAFTA.

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Oregun
Oregun

Maybe if you have a degree from trump U you can believe that the manure he covers everyone near him with does not smell and taste like barn yard waste?

CMacchiato
CMacchiato

Even as vehemently opposed to Trump morally as I have been since the election, I've never supported impeachment. If he does this, however, I say impeach away. Let's recall Mitch McConnell while we're at it, for allowing the President to hold the Senate hostage.

JASmius
JASmius

Well, he does have a pen, phone, and putter - the modern tyrant's three branches of government - just like his predecessor. What he does not have is legal authority, but what does that matter anymore?

ForAllAmericans
ForAllAmericans

Yeah he totally has the authority. Go for it buddy. Show America your sweet negotiating skills!

avalpert
avalpert

He does have the authority (it isn't a right and certainly not an absolute one in any sense) to declare an emergency - that doesn't mean he has the authority to redirect funds to build a wall at the border under that emergency nor does it mean that Congress doesn't have the authority to override his emergency declaration.