Trump admits he 'didn't need to' declare a national emergency in rambling speech
President Donald Trump. (AFP / MANDEL NGAN)

In a rambling and some say, incoherent speech declaring the United States is under attack, battling an "invasion" from drugs and illegal border crossings, President Donald Trump announced he is declaring a national emergency. Thirty minutes into his speech, Trump admitted, "I didn't need to" declare a national emergency to build the wall, remarks that are sure to find their way into the lawsuits that are coming.

"The primary fight was on the wall," Trump said, referring to his federal government shutdown.

"I have so much money on everything else, I don't know what to do with it," he claimed. "I could do the wall over a longer period of time – I didn't need to do this – but I wanted to do it faster."