Trump on National Emergency Declaration: ‘I Didn’t Need to Do This’

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President Donald Trump defended his decision to declare a national emergency in a Friday in a speech from the White House, but some of his comments will only give more fodder to critics who say there is no emergency at the southern border.

In giving his reasoning for declaring the emergency, Trump offered an apparent contradictory explanation.

“I could do the wall over a longer period of time,” Trump said after hitting Congress for not giving him the funds he requested for a wall on the southern border.

“I didn’t need to do this,” he added. “But I’d rather do it much faster.”

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The president also suggested that Democrats are motivated in opposition to his border proposals because they are trying to win an election:

“And I don’t have to do it for the election. I have already done a lot of wall for the election — 2020. And the only reason we’re up here talking about this is because of the election. Because they want to try to win an election which it looks like they are not going to be able to do. And this is one of the ways they think they can possibly win is by obstruction and a lot of other nonsense.”

Despite the apparent contradiction in his remarks about the apparent emergency, Trump says that he intends to sign a national emergency declaration later on Friday.

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Phyllis Softa
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Those were two of the many interesting moments in a bizarre press conference. His admission that he did not need to declare an “emergency, but did so to get his “wall” built sooner and he had enough “wall” built “for the election.” There were many examples of comment to justify NOT sending Trump in public without a teleprompter, Those are 2 that even Trump can understand.

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