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Could 6 Words Haunt Trump on Emergency Declaration?

'I didn't need to do this'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2019 2:25 PM CST
President Trump speaks in the Rose Garden Friday about the border.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – As expected, President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday over the US-Mexico border. A big legal fight looms, but first comes the initial reaction. First up: George Conway, husband of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, thinks the president made a big mistake by saying, "I didn't need to do this" during his Rose Garden speech. "This quote should be the first sentence of the first paragraph of every complaint filed this afternoon," he tweeted. Trump's full quote: "I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn't need to do this. But I'd rather do it much faster." (Watch the clip here.) More reaction, to that quote and the declaration in general:

  • Agreed: At Hot Air, Allahpundit agrees with Conway. "We don’t need to get into why this is a damaging thing for him to admit, right? We all graduated from fourth grade." Trump just handed the courts a factual basis to rule against him on the grounds that an emergency doesn't actually exist, writes Allahpundit.
  • Not so fast: Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner writes that he's skeptical the "I didn't need to do this quote" is the bombshell people are suggesting it is. "In fact, it could even do the opposite— bc obvious counter is he wanted to do faster bc he thought it was a pressing emergency," he tweets.

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