Just a day after President Trump’s speech in the Oval Office, he stated during a press conference that he thinks Republicans and Democrats might make a deal, but if necessary, he has the “absolute right to do a national emergency.”
Reporter: What’s your (inaudible) thinking of a national emergency? Why didn’t you announce it last night and when might you…
Trump: Because, I think we might work a deal and if we don’t, I may go that route. I have the absolute right to do national emergency if I want.
Reporter: What’s your threshold for when you might make the decision?
Trump: My threshold will be if I can’t make a deal with people that are unreasonable.
Reporter: What’s your message to the Republicans who are now on Capitol Hill…
Trump: Oh, I think we have tremendous Republican support. I tell you what. I just spoke to a few of the people in the House – we have tremendous support. The Senate has been incredible. Mitch McConnell has been incredible. He said if the president’s not gonna sign it, I’m not gonna waste my time and, I mean, Rob Portman’s here. He can tell you he’s very strong on border security. We have tremendous support in the Senate. We have tremendous support in the House.
UPDATE: It looks like Trump’s meeting with Chuck & Nancy didn’t go too well…
Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
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