Politicians and legal groups have already threatened to challenge Trump’s national emergency declaration in the courts.
Trump appeared to recognize that his move was all but certain to be hit with lawsuits, and predicted that he would ultimately prevail while griping about the prospect of a coming legal fight.
“We will have a national emergency, and we will then be sued,” Trump said, donning a disgruntled affect as he outlined what he believes will play out.
“And they will sue us in the 9th 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 [travel] ban,” he said.
The legality of this national emergency will be “probably the easiest one to win,” Trump claimed, “because we’re declaring it for virtual invasion purposes.”