"the issue has reached the highest levels of government"
The issue is that the highest levels of government are held by people with the morals of drug cartels - but in more stupid. They say incredibly stupid things that are regularly proven wrong, but they think that, because of their position, their words have a special weight. They don't understand that respect is something that is earned, it is not a given. And it must be accompanied by acts that are on par.
When you declare a National Emergency, you do not go and play golf the very next day. The act is not on par with the words.