The Hill, February 15, 2019
CBS cut away from President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the border on Friday to return to its regularly scheduled programming of "The Price is Right" on the East Coast.
All of the broadcast and cable news networks carried the declaration and press conference that followed, with only CBS deciding to cut away after 21 minutes before the event was complete.
Trump spoke from the Rose Garden of the White House to announce he was declaring a national emergency at the border to build barriers to guard against illegal immigration.
“I am going to be signing a national emergency,” Trump said after the announcement was delayed from its original 10:30 a.m. start.
“It’s a great thing to do because we have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people,” the president said in seeking to justify the need for an emergency declaration.
Trump hopes to redirect $3.6 billion in military construction funding toward the border project, $2.5 billion from the Defense Department’s drug-interdiction program and $600 million from the Treasury Department’s asset-forfeiture fund. The declaration is expected to be challenged in court.