Chris Wallace Sternly Fact Checks Stephen Miller On Border 'Crisis'

by Garry Watts February 19, 2019, 0:40
Chris Wallace Sternly Fact Checks Stephen Miller On Border 'Crisis'

During the contentious Fox News Sunday segment, Wallace repeatedly pressed Miller on the constitutionally and presidential precedent for issuing a national emergency to fund a border wall.

A top adviser to US President Donald Trump has indicated that Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if congress votes to disapprove of his declaration of a national emergency along the US-Mexico border.

The declaration of an emergency at the Mexican border capped his obsession to make good on an inapt campaign promise to his political base: to build a southern border wall that Mexico will pay for.

Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to secure federal funds to build a wall on the southern border, bypassing Congress after lawmakers refused to meet his multi-billion dollar request for border wall funds. "We knew something like this might happen, and with our sister state partners, we are ready to go".

President Trump would likely veto any such resolution if it does reach him, and it is highly unlikely that more than 20 republicans would cross over to stand against the president.

The White House's Miller insisted that Congress granted the president wide berth under the National Emergencies Act to take action.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the state of California also vowed to fight Mr Trump's emergency declaration, and attorneys-general in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and NY are expected to mount legal challenges as well against Mr Trump's efforts to bypass Congress. "I could do the wall over a longer period of time".

Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who chairs the House intelligence committee, told CNN's State of the Union if Congress "surrender [s] the power of the purse, there will be little check and no balance left".

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In declaring a national emergency, a president gains a number of powers, including the ability to freeze bank accounts, seize commodities, seize and control all communication, assign military forces, and limit travel, according to a 2007 Congressional Research Service Report.

The national emergency declaration also triggered protests, with various groups promising to hold more throughout the country on Monday.

The HBO host focused his ire on the president's choice of words surrounding the urgency of the national emergency. Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican and Trump ally, told ABC there were probably enough House Republicans to prevent an override.

"President Trump got one thing right this morning about his declaration when he said, 'I didn't have to do this.' He's right". "Hopefully, we'll get a fair shake and we'll win in the Supreme Court, just like the ban", he said.

While Tipton said he supports the need for strengthened border security, he said, "I do believe that it needs to go through the legislative process as outlined in the Constitution and not by an Executive Branch action". However, Trump argued in his speech that more was needed, claiming there was a crisis of drugs and crime pouring into the U.S. Congress never defined a national emergency in the law. This prompted Wallace to identify how Trump's recent invoking of a national emergency was different from the other occasions when that law was cited. "If people don't like that, they can address it", he said.

Acting defense secretary Pat Shanahan said Saturday he soon would start to examine projects that could be delayed or canceled to free up funds for border activities.

While Miller attempted to press the point that this specific emergency refers to military construction funds, Wallace countered, noting that such has only occurred twice: during the Gulf War, and following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., released a statement Thursday afternoon condemning a state of emergency declaration, ahead of Trump's official Friday announcement.

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