President Donald Trump has brought up the idea of declaring a national emergency to fund the wall without Congress. "It’s the easy way out, but Congress should do this, it’s too simple, it’s too basic, … if they can’t do it I will declare a national emergency," Trump said.
On Thursday, Trump spoke to Fox's Sean Hannity while at the southern border. Hannity asked Trump about a national emergency.
"You said early today that you're very likely going to declare a national emergency. How soon would that happen," Hannity asked.
"No, if we don't make a deal with Congress, most likely I will do that. I would actually say I would. I can't imagine any reason why not. Because I'm allowed to it, the law is 100 percent on my side," Trump said.
"So if we can't make a deal with Congress, and we should be able to make a deal with Congress. If you look, Democrats in Congress, especially the new ones coming in are starting to say, 'Wait a minute, we can't win this battle with Trump,'" Trump added.
"Because of the fact, it is common sense. How can we say a wall doesn't work," Trump said.
"What are the options though? The Pentagon also has the funds available that would be able to help support the building of the wall," Hannity asked.
"If we don't make a deal with Congress, which we should be able to, really just common sense and there is some compromise needed. And look, they know that the walls work," Trump responded.