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."
"I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency," Trump said. "The lawyers have so advised me. I'm not prepared to do that yet. But if I have to, I will. I have no doubt about it. I will. I have the absolute right to declare. This was passed by Congress. So when you say it wasn't passed by Congress, it was. Other presidents have used it. Some fairly often. I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency. I haven't done it yet. I may do it. If this doesn't work out, probably I will do it. I would almost say definitely."
"We have tremendous unity in the Republican party, it's really a beautiful thing to see," Trump said.
He called it "ridiculous" dealing with these people and said he doesn't know if Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi "know how to make a deal."
"They've been taken over by a group of young people who, frankly, in some cases, I've been watching, I actually think are crazy. But they've been taken over by a group that is so far left, I really don't think they care about crime. Sadly, they are viewing this as the beginning of the 2020 race and that's okay with me. But they have been taken over by a group of people who don't care about gangs, human trafficking or drugs. They don't care about anything. I tell you what, they have gone crazy."
"They don't give a damn about crime," Trump said about Democrats.
Trump, calling himself a "professional" in technology, said the wall is the only way to stop illegal immigrants entering the U.S.
"I really believe the steel barrier would pay for itself every three or four months or maybe even more than that," he said.