Dem House Armed Services Chair: “Yes,” Trump Has Authority To Use Military To Build The Wall (Video)

Dem House Armed Services Chair: “Yes,” Trump Has Authority To Use Military To Build The Wall (Video)

President Trump has the authority to declare a national emergency, and have the military build the wall.

House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Adam Smith appeared on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, and told George Stephanopoulos’ that President Trump does have the power to declare a national emergency and order the military to build the border wall.

“Unfortunately, the short answer is yes,” he said when asked about the idea floated by President Trump on Friday. “In this case, I think the president would be wide open to a court challenge saying, where is the emergency?”

And that question could easily be answered by referring to the thousands of migrants that are waiting in Mexico for admittance, many of whom will be denied because they do not have valid cases to be granted asylum. Then, point to the new migrant caravans that are forming and headed this way. If that is not enough, point out the drugs pouring over the border, and the human trafficking that endangers women and children. If we had a secure border these people would not risk their lives on the chance that they can sneak, or be smuggled across our weak open borders.

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The emergency is that the President of the United States has been asking for two years for funding to secure the border, but the obstructionist Democrats refuse to allow this president the same concession they granted previous presidents when they requested money for national security, specifically border walls/fences/barriers.

Smith said:
“Well, unfortunately, the short answer is yes. There is a provision in the law that says the president can declare an emergency. It’s been done a number of times, but primarily it’s been done to build facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq. In this case, I think the president would be wide open to a court challenge saying, where is the emergency? You have to establish that in order to do this. Beyond that, this would be a terrible use of Department of Defense dollars.”

He added:
“The president spends most of his time talking about how we’re not spending enough on national security, now he wants to take $20 billion out of defense budget to build a wall. Which by the way, is not going to improve our border security. The president seems unaware of this, but we have actually already built a wall across much of the border, and all border security experts that I talk to say, where a wall makes sense, it’s already been built. We should have a conversation about border security, but first, we should we open the government and pay our border patrol agents and the federal agents that are furloughed.”

 

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