Donald Trump declared an emergency yesterday…sort of. No, not over opioid addiction—we’re still waiting for the formalization of that Trump ad lib—but over the “immediate threat of further attacks” that apparently may be as bad as the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Yesterday the White House issued an amendment to Executive Order 13223, the emergency declaration President George W. Bush signed three days after 9/11 and under which state of emergency we apparently still live, now and forever. (Psst—Donald! Maybe we could “Make America Great Again™” by getting over our fears and putting an end to our endless state of war.) As Salon explains, declaring the country to be in a 9/11-esque state of emergency allows Trump to call retired military personnel back to active duty.