2019-01-11 03:33:44 UTC
Ann Coulter calling Donald Trump a joke may have been what led him to shut
down the government. Now America may have Sean Hannity to thank if the president
decides to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall.
After directly consulting with Trump ahead of his Oval Office speech earlier
this week, the Fox News primetime host traveled with him to the border on
Thursday. According to the pool report, instead of standing with the press corps
Hannity huddled with White House communications deputyand former Fox News
bossBill Shine and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
It was a fitting place for Hannity, who acts more like an official adviser to
the president than a journalist, which is the role he ostensibly played during
his show Thursday night when he aired his exclusive interview with Trump.
Before airing their conversation, Hannity opened his show by arguing against the
notion that the president has manufactured the crisis at the border. Egged
on by the host, Trump then said, Thats the real collusion, because they all
use the exact same term. Its not a manufactured crisis, he added, its a
Unlike those members of the mainstream media, Trump told Hannity, Youre not
fake news, youre real news. The host let out a comic sigh of relief.
Everyone wants us to win this battle, the president added, vaguely. It's
common sense. Death is pouring through. We have crime and death and it's not
just at the border. They get through the border and they go and filter into the
You said earlier today that you are very likely going to declare a national
emergency, how soon would that happen? Hannity asked Trump later in the
interview, seeming to push him in that direction. Speaking to reporters before
he departed for the border, Trump had said he would almost definitely go in
If we don't make a deal with Congress, most likely I will do that, Trump
replied. He added, dubiously, I can't imagine any reason why not, because I'm
allowed to do it, the law is 100 percent on my side.
Towards the end of the interview, Hannity returned to the national emergency
issue, asking Trump what his timeline is on making that decision. The
president said he would see what happens over the next few days, adding:
We are not changing our mind, because there is nothing to change your mind
about. The wall works. It's not a question like maybe it won't work. It will
work 100 percent.
At Hannitys request, the CBP agents standing behind them dutifully confirmed
that it meant a lot to them that Trump was there and that he was describing the
situation accurately. What else were they going to say?