On Tuesday evening, January 8th, President Donald Trump appeared from the Oval Office for his first prime-time address to the nation. The highly-anticipated address covered Trump’s perspective regarding the border security crisis, making his case in favor of funding for the border wall and additional border security measures.
Leading up to Trump’s big speech (below), much of America was expecting Trump to declare a national emergency. However, instead, Trump reiterated the significance of increased border security to help reduce drug-related crime and improve America’s economy.
“My administration has presented Congress with a detailed proposal to secure the border and stop the criminal gangs, drug smugglers, and human traffickers. It’s a tremendous problem. Our proposal,” Mr. Trump said in his address.
"Some have suggested a barrier is immoral," the President continued. "Then why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences, and gates around their homes? They don't build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside. The only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized."
While signing an anti-human trafficking bill on Wednesday morning, he revealed why he chose not to declare a national emergency. Ultimately, the President is hopeful that Democrats and Republicans can work together to reach a consensus.
"I think we might work a deal, and if we don't, I may go that route," Trump shared with the public on Wednesday.
“I have the absolute right to do national emergency if I want,” the President added. “My threshold will be if I can’t make a deal with people that are unreasonable.”
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