On February 15, President Trump declared a state of national emergency and directed $8 billion towards building the southern border wall. This declaration came after President Trump was unable to get the $5.7 billion he previously requested for the project.
"We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we’re going to do it one way or the other... It’s an invasion... We have an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country," he said speaking from the Rose Garden.
Politicians and citizens alike took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the 2019 national emergency declaration. Like with responses to President Trump's Oval Office address, the reactions were intense, no matter which side of the political aisle these folks sit on.
President Trump's Stance Feels Hypocritical
His Declaration Was Incoherent
In the course of his incoherent ramblings in the Rose Garden this morning Trump actually said that he didn’t really need to declare a National Emergency but that he just wanted to move fast. So how could it be a real emergency then? The fool will ultimately fall by his own words!— Bill Onorato (@TorrensBill14) February 15, 2019
Him Going On Vacation After The Declaration Is Ridiculous
He’s going on another taxpayer funded vacation to Mar-a-Lago, right after he declares a fake national emergency. This lazy, fake and useless president is so corrupt and disgusting.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 15, 2019
We Need To Keep The Separation Of Power Intact
Patrick Leahy: "The President appears intent on stealing money ... for a national emergency that exists entirely in his head ... Let's not forever change the course of the separation of powers in our country simply because the President made a foolish promise he could not keep."— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 15, 2019