President Trump’s favorite cable-news morning show hosts are pleased with his decision to declare a national emergency to fund his desired border wall.
“This is one of the reasons people went to the polls to vote for him—for that wall, and if you ask Republicans who support him and support the wall, they say it’s common sense,” Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt said Friday morning.
Trump on Friday morning announced he would sign a compromise funding deal to avert another shutdown but would also declaring a national emergency that would allow him to bypass Congress and reallocate more than $8 billion towards the wall.
“This makes sense,” Hegseth said of the emergency declaration. “And the precedent argument? Listen, liberals and Democrats, if they had power, would do the same thing. There’s also plenty of precedent.”
But Hegseth and the Fox & Friends co-hosts’ staunch support comes just one month after they slammed the national-emergency plans, calling the idea a “disaster in the big picture.”
“[Declaring a national emergency] would just be a disaster in the big picture and just show us being inept and unable to govern around the world and set a terrible precedent,” co-host Brian Kilmeade said on Jan. 10.
On Friday morning, however, Kilmeade seemingly forgot his previous reservations, and lamented that Trump’s decision to issue the third national emergency of his presidency came after multiple attempts to find a solution with Democrats.
“After the 35-day holdout, after the negotiation with 17 bipartisan bicameral, after he sees what’s in front of him, after he only gets hours to read it knowing that the government is about to shut down in a matter of hours, he was going to throw this in the street,” he said. “So this is, ‘I tried. Now I’m going to use these powers.’ And the president sincerely believes it is an emergency.”