White House Defends Trump's National Emergency Declaration

President Trump announces his emergency declaration during a Rose Garden event at the White House on Friday

President Trump announces his emergency declaration during a Rose Garden event at the White House on Friday

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller tried mightily to bulldoze Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday as the host sharply fact-checked him on President Donald Trump's reasons for declaring a national emergency so he can build his border wall.

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday to redistribute government funds to build his long-sought after wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, but experts question whether it's constitutional.

Miller stopped just short of predicting a Trump veto, saying simply, "He will protect his national emergency declaration - guaranteed".

Trump declared the emergency Friday in an effort to go around Congress to fund his border wall. The statement also said that $3.5 billion from the Pentagon's military construction fund, $2.5 billion from the Pentagon's drug interdiction initiative and $600 million from the Department of the Treasury's drug forfeiture program will be shuffled to fund the construction of the border wall.

Xavier Becerra, the attorney general of California, told ABC his state would be filing a lawsuit against the project "definitely, and imminently".

Other Democrat-controlled states are expected to join the action and House Democrats have said they will introduce a resolution that would block the declaration. However, the White House doesn't believe there will be enough votes to override a veto, the Associated Press reports.

"Let's talk about national emergencies". If Congress were unable to override a Trump veto, Duckworth said the House should sue based on the argument that only Congress has the power to appropriate funds.

The money in the spending bill Trump signed would finance just a quarter of the more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) of barrier he wanted this year.

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ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said Mr Trump's remarks are an admission that there is no national emergency. "All together in terms of what we already have underway, what's underway right now and then what we're going to complete", he said.

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Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would finance a border wall.

"He couldn't get the Mexicans to build the wall", he said, "he couldn't get Congress to vote the money in ..."

Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican whose district encompasses more than half the Texas-Mexico border, told CBS he feels the president's power to call a national emergency to build a wall "sets a risky precedent". With that comment, "he himself said" he wasn't acting because of an emergency, Becerra said of Trump.

Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, said, "The President then issued a Proclamation setting forth extensive findings describing how deficiencies in the practices of select foreign governments-several of which are state sponsors of terrorism-deprive the Government of "sufficient information to assess the risks [those countries" nationals] pose to the United States'". "But there is enough evidence to show that this is not the 9/11 crisis that we faced back in 2001; it's not the Iran hostage crisis we faced in 1979".

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