President Donald Trump has offered his own opinion on what would constitute a "national emergency" allowing him to build a wall on the southern border without Congressional approval, according to reports from an Oval Office briefing.
"Trump also says the 'threshold' for declaring a national emergency at the border (empowering him to build the wall without congressional approval) is if he cannot make a deal with Congress," according to the Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Ballhaus.
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Trump also reportedly claimed it was his "absolute right" to declare an emergency and build the wall.
“I think we might work a deal, and if we don’t, we might go that route," he reportedly said.
“I think we might work a deal, and if we don’t, we might go that route," says Pres Trump of declaring a national em… https://t.co/VyeEW2vvj0— Mark Knoller (@Mark Knoller) 1547054962.0
If Trump were to declare a national emergency so he could unilaterally begin construction on a border wall experts anticipate an immediate legal challenge.