Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action

TheHill | 2/15/2019 | Jordain Carney
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President Trump said on Friday that he "didn't need to" declare a national emergency but did it to speed up construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

"I want to do it faster. 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," Trump said during a press conference at the Rose Garden in the White House.

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Trump acknowledged that he got $1.375 billion from Congress for roughly 55 miles of physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border but that he wasn't satisfied with the amount, which is significantly less than the $5.7 billion that he requested.

"I'm not happy with it," he said. "On the wall, they skimped."

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Trump used a press conference on Friday to...
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