CBS abruptly cut away from President Trump’s Rose Garden declaration of a national emergency at the border to return to its regularly scheduled programming of “The Price is Right” on the East Coast, reports The Hill.
“Donald Trump’s Rose Garden address is being carried live by all US television networks. He’s been talking for 20 minutes now, on trade, the economy, fentanyl from China, North Korea, the stock market, Brexit, oh, and immigration and the emergency declaration,” tweeted BBC senior North America reporter Anthony Zurcher.
“After 21 minutes, CBS just cut away from Trump’s speech and has gone back to the Price Is Right,” Zurcher added.
After 21 minutes, CBS just cut away from Trump’s speech and has gone back to the Price Is Right.
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) February 15, 2019
CBS cut away from Trump's riff after 20 minutes. "The Price Is Right" is now on. pic.twitter.com/GnkBJxqPDB
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 15, 2019
While speaking to the press in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, Trump admitted he didn’t actually need to declare a national emergency on the southern border to secure funding for his long-promised border wall, suggesting he’s only doing so because it’s the “faster” option.
NBC White House correspondent Peter Alexander reminded the president that in 2014, he told Fox & Friends that former president Barack Obama could be impeached for supposedly abusing his constitutional authority by using executive orders to enact his immigration agenda.
Alexander also noted that by signing Congress’ latest bipartisan border security deal, which approved nearly $1.4 billion out of the more than $5 billion he demanded for border spending, he’d be getting less money than he would’ve gotten if he accepted the deal that was presented to him in December before the government’s recent shutdown.
“The primary fight was on the wall,” the president began. “Everything else we have so much as I’ve said, I don’t know what to do with it, we have so much money. But, on the wall, they skimped.”
“I was successful, in that sense, but I want to do it fast,” he continued. “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.”
In a comment that you can bet is going to be cited in lawsuits against this national emergency, Trump admits, "I didn't need to do this, but I'd rather do it much faster." pic.twitter.com/FD0m1aHQcZ
— David Mack (@davidmackau) February 15, 2019