'The Wire's Gonna Trip Soon': Biggs Says Trump 'Seriously Considering' Declaring Nat'l Emergency
Rep. Andy Biggs said Saturday night that President Trump is "seriously considering" declaring a national emergency over the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump told Sean Hannity this week he has "the absolute right" to make such a declaration if an agreement cannot be reached with congressional Democrats on funding for his proposed border wall.
We have a massive Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border. We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their “vacations” and get back to work. I am in the White House ready to sign!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019
"This is a national emergency, if you look what's happening," Trump said Thursday, during a visit to the border in McAllen, Texas.
Trump's visit to the Lone Star State came just two days after his address to the nation, during which he described the situation at the southern border as a "humanitarian and security crisis."
"The wire's gonna trip soon," Biggs (R-Ariz.) said on Watters' World. "[House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer are not willing to negotiate at all."
Biggs said that the "radicals" within the Democrat-controlled House aren't willing to budge on Trump's wall funding plan, and that the situation "is a real crisis."
"President Obama declared [a national emergency] over Swine Flu, for Pete's sake. I'm not saying that to diminish the seriousness of Swine Fflu, but we have people crossing our border by the thousands," he said.
Democrats have refused to approve legislation to fund Trump's long-promised border wall, which eventually led to the partial government shutdown that recently entered its fourth week.
The damage done to our Country from a badly broken Border - Drugs, Crime and so much that is bad - is far greater than a Shutdown, which the Dems can easily fix as soon as they come back to Washington!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2019
Biggs said that Republicans must "stand firm" behind Trump if he declares a national emergency.
"It is actually a national security crisis because of the people that are coming across," he said. "We can build the wall, but if we're not gonna do it in Congress ... we need to let the president declare that emergency."