President Trump spoke to the press Thursday morning before leaving the White House for the southern border and said he has the absolute right to declare a national emergency. Trump said while he hasn't yet, he would "almost definitely" call a national emergency if shutdown talks breakdown further. He also said the government shutdown could be "solved in 15 minutes."
REPORTER: Are you going to go to Davos, or are you going to cancel it?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I intended to go and speak in front of the world financial community in Davos. Thatβs still on. But if the shutdown continues β which is in a while from now β but if the shutdown continues, I wonβt go. I had planned to go. Itβs been very successful when I went. We have a great story to tell. We have the best job numbers weβve ever had, in many ways. Certainly with African Americans, with Hispanic, with Asian Americans. And overall, we have the best job numbers in at least 50 years. We have a lot of great things happening. The economy is incredible. Weβre negotiating and having tremendous success with China. And I find China, frankly, in many ways, to be far more honorable than Cryinβ Chuck and Nancy. I really do. I think that China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party.