Eric Trump urges president to declare national emergency for wall funding

Stephen Proctor

President Donald Trump’s son Eric joined Hannity on Tuesday, where he encouraged the president to declare a national emergency if he doesn’t get the $5.7 billion he wants for the border wall. The president reopened the government last Friday after a 35-day shutdown, the longest in U.S. history — but not without conditions. If a deal isn’t reached on funding for the border wall within three weeks, the president could once again shut down the government, as he has threatened to do, or declare a national emergency to get the money.

During the shutdown, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said they would negotiate only when the government was reopened. If Pelosi and Schumer don’t deal, Eric Trump implored his father to “declare the emergency, build the wall with the United States military — because that’s what people in this country want.”

It wouldn’t be quite as easy as the younger Trump made it seem, as the president would likely face lengthy legal battles if he were to declare such an emergency.

Many of Trump’s most ardent supporters have turned against him for reopening the government without wall funding, but Sean Hannity views it as a change of strategy. Hannity, who is extremely close to the president, claimed to have no inside knowledge of his next move but believes he knows what’s coming.

“I am 99 percent certain that when they cannot do a deal and cannot do their job, your father will go to plan B,” Hannity said. “That means they get no DACA, no Dreamer help, none of the things that they say they wanted.”

Hannity airs weeknights at 9 on Fox News Channel.

Watch Trump tell Hannity he ‘can’t imagine any reason why not’ to declare a national emergency:

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