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."
Trump also accused the media of being "in coordination with the opposition party," after he said the Democratic party doesn't "give a damn" about crime.
"I really believe that they don't care about crime," Trump said. "I really believe this. The Democrats don't care about crime."
"The Democrats which I have been saying all along, they don't give a damn about crime. They don't care about crime. They don't care about gang members coming in and stabbing people and cutting people up. They don't care about crime. And if they are not going to care about crime, then I agree, they shouldn't do anything at the border. But I care about crime and I care about drugs," he said.
"We're spending a fortune on trying to stop drugs and they pour in through the border," Trump said. "I see it more now than ever before, the Democrats don't care about the border and they don't care about crime."
"When did it begin?" a reporter asked.
"It began a long time ago, ask President Obama" Trump responded. "Obama used to call it a crisis at the border, too. I think he said it in 2014."
"Look, look, you can all play cute," Trump said to the media. "I say 80% of you are possibly in coordination with the opposition party. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous."