Fox News commentator Sean Hannity began Friday’s broadcast of his acclaimed show like many others, by citing a familiar Bible verse. “Let not your heart be troubled,” he told his viewers, referencing John 14. “This is a president who keeps his promises.”
Hannity defended President Donald Trump following the administration’s decision to reopen the government and relent on the $5.7 billion requested from Congress to being construction on a southern border wall, reminding his “conservative friends that are mad at the president” that Trump “is going to fight as hard if not harder for the money for the wall.”
Many of the president’s closest supporters were dismayed by his decision to end the 35-day shutdown without securing funds for the wall.
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter, who authored a book titled In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!” quickly turned on the president for backing down.
Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 25, 2019
Other conservative critics followed suit, with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs reporting that “the president pleased few of his supporters” by reopening the government.
A Friday headline from the right-leaning news outlet The Daily Caller read: “TRUMP CAVES,” and former Trump campaign advisor Michael Caputo called the move “a concession.”
But Hannity, who is reported to call Trump late at night and keep his phone number on speed dial, stood by the embattled president.
“Do you believe for one second, do you really believe the president has stopped his full-on fight over the border wall that he has promised?” Hannity asked.
“Has he not shown he is a tenacious fighter when it comes to keeping his promises?” he added.
“Don’t let what is what I believe to be a shift in strategy fool you. Because I don’t have any doubt at all that the president is going to fight as hard if not harder for the money for the wall,” Hannity said, hinting at Trump’s stated plans to declare a national emergency and use the Department of Defense to fund construction of the wall.
To the end
The White House has reportedly prepared a draft proclamation setting aside more than $7 billion for border security from money already allocated towards military construction and civil works funds. If Democrats fail to make a deal with the administration in the next three weeks, Trump is poised to use his executive authority to accomplish the task.
While declaring a state of emergency would surely invite a long legal battle with liberal activist judges, Hannity expects Trump will follow through.