President Trump spoke to the press Thursday morning as he left the White House to inspect the U.S.-Mexico border, warning that he would “almost definitely” call a national emergency to unilaterally construct his long-promised wall if congressional Democrats don’t agree to a deal to fund border security.
The partial government shutdown, entering day 20, could be “solved in 15 minutes,” Trump said, but the Democrat Party has been hijacked by “crazy” young people who are indifferent to the perils of open borders.
“They’ve been taken over by a group of young people who, frankly, in some cases, I’ve been watching, I actually think are crazy,” the president told reporters on the White House lawn. “But they’ve been taken over by a group that is so far left, I really don’t think they care about crime. Sadly, they are viewing this as the beginning of the 2020 race and that’s okay with me. But they have been taken over by a group of people who don’t care about gangs, human trafficking or drugs. They don’t care about anything. I tell you why: they have gone crazy.”
Trump accused the mainstream media of being a propaganda arm of the Democrat Party and recommended his critics examine the border themselves.
“Look, look, you can all play cute. and I’d say 80% of you are possibly in coordination with the opposition party. I mean the whole thing is ridiculous,” he said. “All you have to do is look at the borders. Rent a helicopter, except you don’t want to know the truth. And by the way, here’s a story, there’s another major caravan forming.”
The National Emergencies Act grants the president broad authority to declare emergencies, though such a declaration would almost certainly face legal challenges.
The president explained he has the legal authority to declare a national emergency to resolve the broken immigration system and will likely do so if he is unable to reach an agreement with Democrats after his visit to the border
“I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency, the lawyers have so advised me.I’m not prepared to do that yet, but if I have to, I will,” he said. “If this doesn’t work out, probably, I will do it. I would almost say, definitely. This is a national emergency. … If we don’t make a deal, I would say it would be very surprising to me that I would not declare a national emergency.
“Either we’ll win or make a compromise. I’m okay to make a compromise—compromise is in my vocabulary very strongly,” he added. “I think a compromise is a win for everybody, otherwise, I can declare a national emergency.”