On Monday, President Trump announced he wanted to address the nation on Tuesday evening concerning the current immigration situation happening at the border.
Trump tweeted: “I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern.”
The speech is expected to take less than ten minutes but could include a game-changing decision, Fox News’ Sean Hannity predicted.
After the announcement was given on Monday, Hannity theorized Trump could use the speech as a platform to declare a national emergency.
“I’m guessing he’s going to declare a national emergency,” Hannity said during the “Sean Hannity Show” on Monday, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Per the Washington Examiner:
Hannity pointed to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., saying in an interview that Trump could use emergency powers to build a wall.
“Unfortunately, the short answer is yes,” Smith said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Trump previously hinted that a declaration of a national emergency would warrant him authority to fully fund the border wall without congressional approval. Such a move would almost immediately be contested by the court system.
“Congressman Adam Smith, the new Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, just stated, ‘Yes, there is a provision in law that says a president can declare an emergency. It’s been done a number of times.’ No doubt, but let’s get our deal done in Congress!” the president said in another tweet on Monday.
Smith also said such a potential move would “probably [be] the worst public policy idea I’ve heard in about 10 years.”
The Washington Examiner reports Hannity claimed an argument supporting the national emergency declaration would be easy to make by the Trump administration:
Hannity, who is well-known to have the Trump’s ear and has interviewed the president on a number of occasions, claimed on his talk radio show that it wouldn’t be challenging to conjure up numbers to demonstrate that there is a national emergency.
“This shouldn’t be that hard to figure out, because when you have that many people that are that many victims of crime happening in this country, that should be enough of a national emergency,” Hannity said.
A total of 158,581 administrative arrests for civil immigration violations were conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in fiscal 2018, including 105,140 arrests of convicted criminals and 32,977 arrests of individuals with pending criminal charges.
President Trump is planning to visit the border wall on Thursday.