Published: Mon, February 18, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Chris Wallace fact-checks Stephen Miller over national emergency

Chris Wallace fact-checks Stephen Miller over national emergency

Shanahan said he had leeway to determine a final figure from available funds that would be used for border-related activities - $3.6 billion from designated military construction funds.

White House aide Stephen Miller suggested on "Fox News Sunday" that Trump would then issue the first veto of his presidency.

Funding for the wall, or barrier, is only one part of new border security spending. The President made the announcement after signing the congressional compromise bill that allocates almost $1.4 billion for the wall.

In his announcement, Trump explained his plans to divert funds from the Department of Defence military construction budget to building the wall. Both sums will be "reprogrammed" to finance further wall construction. But according to Miller, this would be sufficient to build somewhat more than 200 miles of wall by the end of the next fiscal year, September 2020-just in time for Trump to boast of this "success" in the final weeks of his reelection campaign.

But the administration's defence of Trump's action may not be a smooth ride.

He added, "Instead, it would treat Congress's silence as acquiescence to presidential initiative, especially in times of emergency".

"Republican after Republican is telling us that privately", Brown said on CNN. In doing so, he'll effectively bypass Congress and gain access to billions of dollars, among other capacities, which include the ability to declare curfews and even limit citizens' actual movements.

The Republican Senator from West Virginia has fallen in the clearly uncomfortable line with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in supporting the national emergency.

On Friday, Trump made the national emergency declaration in his latest bid to obtain billions of dollars to fund the wall he has long pledged to build along the USA border with Mexico.

"What the president was saying is that, like past presidents, he could choose to ignore this crisis, choose to ignore this emergency as others have, but that's not what he's going to do", Miller told Wallace, responding to a question about the president saying on Friday that he "didn't have to" declare the emergency. Border security is undoubtedly an issue: there needs to be a solution to our immigrant situation.

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Another Democrat, Senator Tammy Duckworth of IL, said she thought Congress could pass a resolution to block Mr Trump's action but might not be able to summon the votes to override a likely Trump veto. Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican and Trump ally, told ABC there were probably enough House Republicans to prevent an override.

We're appalled that President Trump's emergency will take away from $2.5 billion in counternarcotics programs. "It will not be a separation of power anymore - it will be a separation of parties".

The land owners, who had been informed that the government meant to build a wall on their property, said their privacy and quiet enjoyment of their land would be affected, while the nature group said wall construction would destroy habitats and impair wildlife observation, according to the lawsuit filed on their behalf by consumer rights group Public Citizen.

A third lawsuit was filed against the Department of Justice for failing to provide documents, such as legal opinions, relating to the emergency declaration.

"So we're going to be signing today, and registering, national emergency and it's a great thing to do, because we have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people and it's unacceptable", Trump said in a Rose Garden address.

President Donald Trump is expecting plenty of legal challenges to his state of emergency and predicts the battle will finally be won in the Supreme Court.

The American Civil Liberties Union said it would take legal action against the order.

Opponents may have more traction arguing that the president is unlawfully trying to tap funds Congress appropriated for the Pentagon, the experts said.

During a back-and-forth about drug deaths, Wallace agreed that more people have died of late, but stated that 80 to 90 percent "don't come from unfenced areas but come from ports of entry". Not one congressional Democrat objected.

Republican senators including Marco Rubio of Florida and Susan Collins of ME have criticised the emergency declaration.

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