Sanders responds after Trump says he ‘didn’t need to’ declare emergency

Following a press conference in which the president seemed to downplay the severity of a national emergency he declared in an effort to fund his border wall, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders attempted to explain the potentially problematic comments.

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“I could do the wall over a long period of time,” Donald Trump said on Friday. “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”

Critics soon cited his statement as potential evidence in the inevitable lawsuits to stem from his controversial decision.

Sanders acknowledged that Trump “could have waited and he could have drug this out,” she denied accusations that this is a contrived and politically motivated crisis.

“He doesn’t want to drag this out over the next several years,” she said. “He wants to get the funding now so we can stop this national security and humanitarian crisis at the border and take care of it.”

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