Trump Undercuts His National Emergency Declaration: A Closer Look

Trump Undercuts His National Emergency Declaration: A Closer Look


-President Trump declared
a national emergency on Friday, and then spent
the rest of the weekend lashing out at critics. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] After Trump unilaterally
bypassed Congress by declaring
a fake national emergency to build his border wall,
he spent the rest of the weekend calling the media
the enemy of the people, demanded retribution
against TV networks, and called
Justice Department officials who investigated him treasonous. It’s more obvious every day
that Trump’s natural inclination is to be a dictator. He could even try to grow
a dictator mustache, but based on the rest
of his hair situation, I’m not sure. [ Laughter ] And Trump would be even scarier if he weren’t
so easily distracted. For example, he couldn’t
even make it 24 hours after declaring
his national emergency before he escaped to Florida
for a weekend of golf and lounging around at
his private club in Palm Beach, where he was spotted on Saturday
waiting for breakfast. -President Trump
spending his first day following
that emergency declaration at the Trump International
Golf Club down in Palm Beach, and this photo
of President Trump at the club’s omelette bar
went viral, getting retweeted
thousands of times over. -There’s no clearer sign
this is not a real emergency than the fact that
he is at an omelette bar. In real emergency,
no one goes to the omelette bar. “The building is on fire!” [ As Donald Trump ] “I’ll be
right there! Oh, yeah! Onions, green peppers, ham —
Do you have ham?” [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] “Put it in a to-go box!” [ Normal voice ] Also, it’s good
to see your emergency wear is the official uniform
of golf grandpas everywhere. Look at him. He looks like
a 6-foot-tall Band-Aid. [ Laughter ] I’m shocked that he wasn’t
wearing a fanny pack and trying to get them
to take an expired coupon. I’m sorry, but that is not how
a president should look ever, but especially
during an emergency. When President Obama
got Bin Laden, he was in the situation room
surrounded by generals. Can you imagine Trump
overseeing that mission from the omelette bar
at his golf club? [ As Donald Trump ] Navy SEALs,
this is your president. Give me full situ– Wait.
Hold on. What’s that? Yeah, yeah, hash browns.” [ Laughter ] [ Normal voice ] And even when
he’s not in Florida golfing and eating soft foods, it’s clear we’ve elected
as our president an adult grandpa who has trouble
forming coherent sentences. For example, during his
press conference on Friday, Trump explained that he expected
a protracted court challenge to his national emergency
declaration, although it was less
of an explanation and more of a sing-song ramble. -I’ll sign the final papers as soon as I get
into the Oval Office. And we will have
a national emergency. And we will then be sued. And they will sue us
in the ninth circuit, even though
it shouldn’t be there. And we will possibly
get a bad ruling. And then we’ll get
another bad ruling. And then we’ll end up
in the Supreme Court. And, hopefully,
we’ll get a fair shake. And we’ll win
in the Supreme Court, just like the ban. They sued us
in the ninth circuit, and we lost. And then we lost
in the appellate division. And there we went
to the Supreme Court, and we won. -he sounds like a 5-year-old telling you
what he saw at the zoo. [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] [ As Donald Trump ]
“And then we saw the monkeys, and they were eating bananas, and Todd said,
‘We used to be apes,’ and I said that’s not true, and Todd said, ‘Yes, it is!’, and then a bird
crapped on his head. [ Normal voice ] Of course,
it’s true that Trump’s national emergency declaration will be challenged in court, given that it’s very likely
unconstitutional. If Trump has any chance
of winning in court, at all, He has to insist that
this was his only choice, that he had one thing,
one thing he had to say. This is a real emergency.
We had to do it this way. -I could do the wall
over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it
much faster. -You didn’t need to do this —
then it’s not an emergency. That’s the exact opposite
of an emergency. That’s a choice. That’s like saying,
“I’m having emergency surgery to get butt implants.” [ Laughter ]
“I didn’t need to do this, but I hate doing squats.” When he heard that,
even Rudy Giuliani said, “Oh, no.
You shouldn’t have said that.” [ Laughter ] Trump might even know
on some level that his national emergency
stands no chance of surviving a court challenge, and he very likely doesn’t care, because he’s doing this entirely to please a very narrow set
of right wing pundits who hectored him
into building the wall, like Rush Limbaugh,
who Trump actually namechecked during his press conference
on Friday. -Mr. President, could you
tell us to what degree some of the outside
conservative voices helped to shape your views on this national emergency?
-I would talk about it. Look, Sean Hannity has been
a terrific, terrific, uh, supporter of what I do. Not of me. If I changed my views,
he wouldn’t be with me. Rush Limbaugh,
I think he’s a great guy. He can speak for three hours
without a phone call. Try doing that sometime.
For three hours, he speaks. He’s got one of
the biggest audiences in the history of the world. I mean,
this guy is unbelievable. Try speaking for three hours
without taking calls. Taking calls is easy. Okay, I’ll answer this one,
I’ll answer that one. He goes for three hours, and he’s got an audience
that’s fantastic. -My God, that answer
took three hours. [ Laughter ] Also, if he’s talking for three
hours without taking calls, maybe nobody is calling him.
[ Laughter ] [ As Rush Limbaugh ]
We’re gonna open the phone line! [ Applause ] [ Laughter ] And even if you
put aside the chaos this is causing here at home,
it definitely seems like all of this is hurting our image
around the world, too. Vice President Mike Pence
discovered that over the weekend when he mentioned
President Trump in his speech in Munich. He clearly thought it was
gonna be an applause line and it definitely was not. -I bring greetings
from the 45th president of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. [ Laughter ] Last August… -Say what you want
about Mike Pence, the man knows how
to hold for silence. [ Laughter ] Never thought I would say this,
but Pence might have to hire Jeb Bush
as his hype man. -I bring greetings
from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. -Please clap. [ Laughter ] -But a reaction like that…
[ Applause ] A reaction like that must
really sting for Trump, who craves validation
and praise. In fact, over the weekend,
we learned that Trump asked the prime minister of Japan to nominate him
for a Nobel Prize. A Japanese newspaper reported that Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize
last autumn after receiving a request from
the U.S. government to do so, which is especially
embarrassing, given that on Friday,
Trump bragged about the fact that Abe had nominated him
for the Nobel Prize and claimed he had no idea
he was about to do that. -Prime Minister Abe of Japan gave me the most beautiful
copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing
called the Nobel Prize. He said, “I have nominated you, or respectfully,
on behalf of Japan, I am asking them to give you
the Nobel Peace Prize.” I said, “Thank you.” -Oh, really?
You said thank you? Did you also bribe him?
“Here you go, Shinzo. This is for one free omelette. [ Laughter ] It is expired.
[ Cheers and applause ] So, maybe just frame it.” Somehow I doubt that Trump will
get that Nobel Peace Prize after unilaterally declaring a nonexistent emergency
at our border with Mexico. For weeks,
Trump has gone back and forth on the possibility
of declaring an emergency, while also insisting he was
already building the wall, as he did right before
the State of the Union address, although he was
very coy about it. -Are you saying now you expect
to declare a national — -I don’t want to say,
but you’ll hear the State of the Union,
and then you’ll see what happens right after
the State of the Union, okay? -You’ll hear
the State of the Union, And then you’ll see what happens
after the State of the Union. Trump is so out of his depth, he’s dodging questions
by explaining how time works. [ Laughter ]
“Mr. President, didn’t you say Mexico
would pay for the wall? [ As Donald Trump ] I said
Mexico will pay for the wall in the future,
not the present. And everyone knows the future
comes after the present, as opposed to the past,
which is before the present. And we can’t go
back to the past. We can only go
back to the future, which I learned
from that documentary about Bernie Sanders. [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ]
The reason… The reason Trump
spent so many weeks seesawing back and forth is because Republicans
were reportedly urging him not to declare
the national emergency, knowing the move would be
unpopular and unconstitutional, and yet as soon as Trump did it, Republicans either supported him or were muted
in their criticism, like Iowa Senator
Chuck Grassley, who only said, “I wish
he wouldn’t have done it.” But Grassley was much angrier
when GOP Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell took
to the Senate floor last week to announce that Trump would
declare a national emergency. Grassley was talking about
something totally unrelated and got mad when McConnell
interrupted him. -Allowing these tax credits
incentives to lapse has created uncertainty
for investors, and the industry
about the availability of these credits…
-Will the Senator yield? -…jeopardizing
the long-term investments necessary for the development
of these biofuels. I hope the next time I get a chance
to have the floor, I won’t be interrupted. I yield the floor and put
the rest of my statement in the record. -Mr. President?
-Leader McConnell. -You know you’re old
when the young one disrespecting you
is Mitch McConnell. [ Laughter ] That’s how loud Grassley yells when Trump cuts him in line
at the omelette bar. [ Laughter ] [ Laughter ] We’re at the whims
of angry old men screaming about stuff they hear on talk radio
or see on Fox News. Trump just rambles aimlessly
from one topic to the next, and his alternate reality
is reinforced by the right wing pundits,
who support him. Trump is obviously
unfit to be president. And if someone
beats him in 2020, that person’s going to get… -A thing called the Nobel Prize. -This has been
“A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ]

100 thoughts on “Trump Undercuts His National Emergency Declaration: A Closer Look

  1. The us government turned a blind eye on the 911 attacks which were fueled as a direct result of their actions. The us is responsible for the terrorist attack on the world trade centers

  2. Chuck Grassley and Mitch McConnell both need to go home to their respective states and settle down in a nice assisted living facility.

  3. right left i think anyone who picks a side and thinks they know best is just an idiot..conservative liberal i dont care what he is, i just think trump is a childish moron politics aside he seriously seems like he has the iq of a child

  4. By far, one of the BEST episodes of "A Closer Look". Granted, everything that week was falling in line like dominoes. To hard to decide which part was best…

  5. That Agolf Twitler puppet is SO embarrassing to see, and I'm not even American. How can still people believe in this fraud? You must be completely braindead, clinically speaking.

  6. Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law
    designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows
    prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as
    part of an ongoing criminal enterprise.

  7. Remember when comedians told jokes instead of ranking out people all day? All kids see here is that it’s cool to insult people

  8. Americans need to start getting serious about their future. They are so caught up in making fun of and focusing on the mango man that they might just land up having him around for another term if they're not careful. I know he's morbidly fascinating but really it's time to turn away and give serious thought to a competent replacement.

  9. There are 13 countries in which atheism is punishable by death. There are 18 countries where homosexuality is punishable by death. ALL of them are Islamic.
    Islamic nations rank lowest in women's rights. In fact, cruel and unusual acts of violence are regularly carried out on women on a systematic basis in these nations. Islamic nations which do not have oil as a resource are backward, both in terms of technology and economy.
    Most of the terrorist groups active today commit similar acts of terrorism that are in line with the Islamic doctrine and claim to do so in the name of Allah enshrined in the Koran.
    There are thousands of Islamic terror groups active worldwide. ISIS and al-Qaeda are just the ones that got popular.
    Islam demands exclusiveness. And demands domination over other faiths. This makes it incapable of adjustment and co-existence.

    Everyone should see these videos.

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    The TRUTH about "grooming gangs" in Britain
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsI0GD0WKZc
    Rotherham grooming victims speak out for the first time
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAvRj6BQ0AM
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    Sharia Showdown
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    Hitchens explains Islam and why it is so STUPID.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCHHfBeu0QE
    The DUMBEST Muslim Ever – Islamist Roasted
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFxRn008fAY
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  10. Remember when Rush Liimpdick was busted at the airport in Florida coming back from his vacation in Republic of Dominicana. Shares an island with starving Haitians.Keep in mind, Rush lives in a mansion in South Beach . So why did a filthy rich asshole get busted with someone Viagra. What could he want, he couldn’t find in South Beach? Sex that is illegal in the States, sex with children ?

  11. What happened to that oath that Trump and all of the members of Congress took to uphold the constitution?
    Trump, McConnell and friends are doing all they can to trash our constitution.

  12. It is really a wonder how Trump's supporters can even admit that they support him. Of course many of them refuse to believe that he said the things we attack him for even when there is video of him saying it. He is the closest thing to being a complete idiot I have ever seen. I remember teacher 8th grade boys make better sense when they were discussing how cool it is to do what they do on JACKASS.

  13. Remember when late night talk shows were actually funny instead of political propoganda?

    You people are so easily mislead by the talking screen.

  14. the real ''National Emergency'' is the opioid crisis and having big pharma making record profits and now wanting to tap into the rehab market.

  15. Anybody seen that Nobel prize letter? We sure hear a LOT of accounts that some former President shared with him information that neither the CIA, FBI, DEA, DoD, DHS, nor NSA have ever heard; of course, none of his fabricated conversations ever took place, as substantiated by his fabricated sources.

  16. Lol, mike pence looked like an idiot thinking that people with any kind of intelligence would applaud for trump, nice try.

  17. First i'm kind of surprised that there are no conservatives here and second I think that he should stop focusing on attire and put more focus on the reason trump is doing the national emergency; Which is partly due to the standstill with Congress and the fact that he wants the border wall asap. Alot his supporters thought that if trump could declare a national emergency then when a new president came along that was a Democrat they would pull national emergencies all the time for the stupidest stuff just for their and their supporters agendas.

  18. According to Trump, Americans are the enemy of America and we all need to turn to Russia to save us from our freedom to look, see, think , Know and share our OBSERVED WISDOM and TRUTH to become UNITED and able to ignore the lies , made of mere words, of these various military dictatorships needing us to be soldiers, slaves and cannon fodder in their war to OWN the DIRT beneath Life's feet..

  19. Seth, if All you have his hair jokes you’ve pretty much recycled everything you can at this point. There’s a good majority of Americans that are sick of late night shows taking on politics. Try being funny instead of a bought out puppet. You were funny when you got drunk with barefoot contessa, stick with that type of stuff.

  20. Trickywiki man
    You know Roger Stone is getting a new prison tattoo of trump over his heart.

    And russian stars on his knee's.😏

  21. Seth Meyers is so partisan, it's disgusting. Why are you even ranting about politics? I thought late night was about comedy. There's nothing funny about trying so hard to be just like CNN.

  22. While the US is having extreme storms all over, he only cares about twitter and golf.
    Trump is well versed in getting sued.

  23. When an insecure person at work possibly a creep that is a groupie in hacking my phone 😏 tried to insult my intelligence and his bloody rubbish backfired 👩🏾‍⚖️ Hmph small minds that entertains a defamatory vocabulary list because that’s all they are capable of contributing to their surroundings 🤷🏾‍♀️ Is so exhausting to recycle 💅🏾 Ergo comic relief woo 🍹and a mental shampoo 💆🏾‍♀️

  24. seth meyers…longest 15 minutes of fame in the history of 15 minutes of fame. if not for trump bashing…he'd be the most popular drama teacher in the blue state of california.

  25. The difference between the dick tater and a five year old is that he's actually mapping his strategy: "we're gonna lose, appeal, lose, appeal, and win in the SCOTUS because I own the SCOTUS."

  26. I've basically reached the conclusion that Trump can't possibly be THAT stupid, and everything now is just to distract people from the tax cuts for the rich which seem to not get a lot of attention (comparatively). They certainly went through without much objection from anyone that mattered.

  27. Trump thinks Russ Limbaugh is great because unlike Trump he can go for three hours without wetting himself.

  28. Really, The U.S. should endorse Japan in being a Military Power, if this will be what Mattis calls 'World War III' we NEED allies on the Western Front.

  29. This is no longer funny, it is very sad that this man is president , if he gets voted in for a second term it will show the world that the people of the United States are idiots.

  30. Have him in for another turn and America will be left standing in the cold. China will become the next leader of the Western World.

  31. OMG a Nobel Peace Prize? He is out of his frickin mind.. So into himself. Remember he knows everything more than any human out there. More than the generals and more than our national security advisors. Art of the Deal Man? The only deal the Dump knows how to make is paying off Porns Stars. Worst President in the History of our nation

  32. Don't blame Trump that he didn't built the wall .It was not his fault that mexico didn't want to pay for it !!!!!Thank god that Chinese build their great wall with own finance and they didn't wait for the mongols to pay for it !!!!

  33. Trump: "I made America great again and I can't even get a fucking hand clap?! That's it, time for another "Shut Down".🤣

  34. Obama didn't deserve it either. He literally got it for being the "first" black president. He wasn't even in office long enough to do anything when he received it.

    The way he did Flint is Bs and he didn't deserve that prize. That opened my eyes to the fakery that this world lives up to as important, prestigious and righteous. It's all poppycock.

  35. This didn't age well. Both sides of the political aisle admit there's a crisis at the border. Once again, Trump was 3 steps ahead of the MSM.

  36. he is so repulsive. & shameless. wow. he has been acting more & more like a dictator all the time. this is what that the asian dictators do, force people to give them honors & awards to make them look way better than they ever would on their own merits, hard work, or intelligence. what a pathetic creep. that shutdown was inexcusable. why did they approve it? & that his loyalists still worship or support him is confounding.

  37. A piece of crap that divides this country along racial lines and has destroyed our relationship with our allies thinks he deserves the Nobel piece prize. He's a damn moron if he can't figure out why he'll never get one

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