Ultimately, this latest move by President Trump reveals that he is solely concerned with pandering to his base, regardless of however his actions might affect his popularity with the rest of electorate or with members of his own party.
Out of this wall controversy, President Trump has managed to forge an approach that at least maintains that he is making good on his campaign promise to build the wall, regardless of how the looming challenges will play out. Though this move is palatable to his base, a CNN poll this month reveals that his national emergency declaration is considerably unpopular with a majority of the electorate. Indeed, 66 percent of respondents said that a national emergency declaration is the wrong move for this issue.
Indeed, if President Trump continues this approach of governing for his base, and his base only, his chances of reelection in 2020 will surely be diminished. Aside from the political ramifications, his national emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border also sets a disturbing precedent for future presidents to be able to make similar declarations to deliver their own campaign promises or to reach difficult political goals.