Trump’s fake crisis is all to do with ratings

Using a humanitarian crisis to declare a national emergency is a cynical move that will attract legal opposition. But it is all a gamble for votes in 2020

17th February, 2019
US president Donald Trump admitted that his declaration of a national emergency was a mechanism that would allow him to make good on part of a campaign slogan Pic: Getty

Pity Donald Trump’s lawyers. You could almost hear the groans coming from the White House Legal Counsel’s office as the president of the United States announced, with a cavalier disregard for reality, a national emergency on the southern border.

One of the many ways that we know Trump’s national emergency is not a national emergency is, well, the president of the United States told us so himself, even as he was...

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