President Trump held a new conference at the White House in the Rose Garden Friday afternoon.
While taking a number of questions from the press, the Commander in Chief doubled down on the safety of American and border security after meeting with congressional leaders. (Video Below)
Amid the government shutdown, the Commander in Chief said during the news conference that he is considering declaring a national emergency to circumvent congressional approval to allocate funds for border wall.
Further, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer whined that President Trump told him, “he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time, months or even years.”
The President was asked by a reporter during the news conference, “Have you considered using emergency powers to grant yourself authorities to build this wall without congressional approval?”
President Trump quickly responded, “Yes I have, and I can do it if I want.” (Video Below)
The reporter followed up by asking, “So, you don’t need congressional approval to build the wall?”
“No, absolutely we can call it a national emergency because of the security of our country.” Trump announced.
He added, “We can do it. I haven’t done it. I may do it, but we can call a national emergency and build it very quickly. It’s another way of doing it, but if we can do it through a negotiated process, we’re giving that a shot.” (Video Below)
The reporter asked President Trump if calling a national emergency is a threat and the Commander in Chief shot back, “I would never threaten anybody, but I am allowed to do that, yes. It’s called a national emergency.”
Watch below as President Trump keeps up the fight for the American people.
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JUST IN: Pres. Trump says he's considered declaring a national emergency to circumvent congressional approval to allocate funds for border wall: "We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country… I haven't done it, I may do it." https://t.co/PtgasyLauD pic.twitter.com/dixTagGM4s
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