Trump Threatens To Declare State of Emergency To Obligate Military To Build Border WallReader01/04/2019 (Fri) 22:49:50 Id: c077b3No.13581del
President Trump said Friday that he might declare a national emergency so that he could bypass Congress and order the construction of his long-promised wall on the southern border.
“Absolutely, we can call a national emergency. I haven’t done it. I may do it. I may do it. We can call a national emergency and build it very quickly,” he said during a press briefing in the Rose Garden after a two-hour meeting with top Democrats about the government shutdown and border security.
“It’s another way of doing it. If we can do it through a negotiated process, we’re giving that a shot.”
Asked if that stance was a threat to Democrats, Trump replied: “I never threaten anybody but I am allowed to do it.”
He also said he could seize private property from people who own land on the border “under the military version” of eminent domain, the law that allows the government to seize private property for public or private development and not face any court action.