President Trump at a White House meeting on human trafficking Friday said he expects the White House to have a "strong legal standing" for declaring a national emergency on the southern border to build a wall.
"We will be looking at a national emergency because I don't think anything is going to happen -- the Democrats don't want border security," the president said. "When I hear them talking about the fact that walls are immoral and walls don't work, they know they work."
"We're building the wall," he said. "The chant now should be 'finish the wall' instead of 'build the wall' because we're building a lot of wall."
"I can see we're getting nowhere with the Democrats, we're getting nowhere with them, it is going to be a part of their campaign but I don't think it is good politically. I think Nancy Pelosi should be ashamed of herself because it is hurting a lot of people. I think the Democrats should be ashamed of themselves."
Next the president responded to a question asking if a declaration of a national emergency on February 15 would lead immediately to a court challenge:
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We have very, very strong legal standing. It would be very hard to [challenge the president's emergency authority]. But they tend to go to the Ninth Circuit [court of appeals], where things happen, for instance, the [Muslim] ban. It missed, and then missed, and then was approved by the United States Supreme Court, where we have had a very good record.
They go to the Ninth Circuit in many cases, and in fact, in most cases, it has nothing to do with the Ninth Circuit. It is a shame what they do.
I can only tell you this. We have very, very strong legal standing. We haven't declared the national emergency yet, and yet we are building a lot of wall. We're continuing to build a lot of wall, with, as you would say in business: cash on hand.