Exercising executive powers on immigration is a “very, very dangerous thing,” according to President Donald Trump — at least, this is what he thought when former President Barack Obama was in office.
According to CNN, Trump’s past comments, which are fully at odds with his current plans to fund his wall on the southern border using his national emergency powers, were made on Fox & Friends in 2014 when he was asked about Obama’s executive actions “halt deportations for the undocumented parents of children born in the United States.”
"Now he has to use executive action and this is a very, very dangerous thing that should be overwritten easily by the Supreme Court," Trump said.
"So we're looking now at a situation, it should absolutely not pass muster in terms of constitutionality, but it depends on what these justices do," he added.
Trump said he believed Obama could be impeached for using executive action on immigration:
"Well, he certainly did something that was unconstitutional," Trump said. "Now, it depends on Justice (John) Roberts. If he wants to just curry favor in the Beltway like he did with Obamacare, because that's the only reason he did it. Because he knows he was wrong, but it certainly depends on what happens. I mean, I think certainly he could be impeached and certainly they could shut down the government."
Now, Trump is looking to use any executive authority available to him in order to bypass Congress, which denied him the $5.7 billion he demanded for his border wall.
CNN said the White House did not respond to a request for comment.