"I am going to be working with Congress where I can to accomplish this, but I am also going to act on my own if Congress is deadlocked," he said at an education event at the White House on Thursday. "I've got a pen to take executive actions where Congress won't, and I've got a telephone to rally folks around the country on this mission."
President Trump said on Friday that he "didn't need to" declare a national emergency but did it to speed up construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
"I want to do it faster. 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," Trump said during a press conference at the Rose Garden in the White House.
To be fair, there are many more right-of-center elected officials and pundits decrying Trump's move than any leftist opposition to Obama's abuse of executive authority. This is why leftists' strange new respect for separation of powers this week should largely fall on deaf ears, especially when they're already compiling scenarios on how the next Democrat president will flippantly declare "national emergencies."
In the end I'm certain there will be a legal challenge to Trump's national emergency, likely resulting in it getting shot down by the courts. And for those of us who have a vehement belief that America is not a monarchy, such a decision should be a welcome one.