President Donald Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he has an “absolute right” to declare a state of national emergency in order to fund his border wall, in response to lawsuits levied against the move by 16 states.
“I think in the end, we’re going to be very successful with the lawsuit,” he said. “It was filed in the 9th circuit. And I actually think we might do very well even in the 9th circuit. It’s an open and closed case.”
The president assured those in attendance that this administration would focus on getting the wall built because security was their utmost concern.
“I was put here for security, whether it’s space force, which we’re doing today or whether it borders because if our nation doesn’t have borders, we don’t have a nation,” Trump said.
The president also addressed comments by former Democratic congressman from Texas Beto O’Rourke who said that he would like to see parts of the existing wall torn down.
“I saw what Beto wanted to take down walls. I said – they asked me, what do you think? I said that’s probably the end of his political career,” Trump said of O’Rourke.
O’Rourke, who is rumored to be considering a run for President, made his comments on MSNBC on Thursday, when he was clear that he wants less barrier between the United States and Mexico.
“I’d take the wall down,” O’Rourke told MSNBC on Thursday evening.
“Here’s what we know, after the Secure Fence Act, we have built 600 miles of wall and fencing on a 2,000-mile border. What that has done is not in any demonstrable way made us safer,” O’Rourke said.
“It has cost us tens of billions of dollars to build and to maintain and it has pushed migrants and asylum seekers and refugees to the most inhospitable, the most hostile stretches of the U.S-Mexico border.”
According to O’Rourke, no terrorist has ever crossed into the United States through our southern border.
“We wall off 600 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. Precisely zero terrorists or terrorist organizations have ever used the border to attack a single American,” O’Rourke said.