Trump Declares National Emergency, Will Shift Funds to Build an $8 Billion Wall

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Trump declared a national emergency. Playing down past emergencies, Trump stated “They sign it. Nobody cares".

The Wall Street Journal reports Trump Declares Emergency, Plans to Allot Billions in Additional Wall Funds.

President Trump on Friday declared a national emergency over border security, bypassing Congress in an effort to divert money from elsewhere in the government to pay for the construction of additional barriers along the southern U.S. border.

In remarks at the White House, Mr. Trump defended the actions as critical to national security. “We’re talking about an invasion of our country,” he said. At another point, however, he suggested an emergency declaration wasn’t necessary. “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster,” he said.

Mr. Trump said he was satisfied with the non-barrier funding, even suggesting it might be too much. “I don’t know what to do with all the money they are giving us. It’s crazy.”

White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Friday that the president would seek to divert about $6.7 billion from elsewhere in the government to build 234 miles of steel bollard wall.

Included in that will be $2.5 billion that Mr. Trump will divert from the Department of Defense’s counterdrug efforts, $600 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund and $3.6 billion from military-construction efforts, Mr. Mulvaney said. The military-construction bucket can only be accessed through an emergency declaration.

In the 1970s, Congress passed the National Emergencies Act, a measure that placed limits on presidential discretion. Among other provisions, it allows Congress to terminate an emergency declaration.

Dissent From Both Sides

“The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the Courts, and in the public, using every remedy available,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said in a joint statement. “The Congress cannot let the President shred the Constitution.”

“I don’t think that this is a matter that should be declared a national emergency,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) said.

Question of the Day

If you didn't need to do this, is it an emergency?

Trump seriously needs to watch what he is saying. The courts might very well rule on that self-admission.

Trump said he anticipated that he would be sued. “We will possibly get a bad ruling. And then we’ll get another bad ruling. And then we’ll end up in the Supreme Court and hopefully we’ll get a fair shake,” he said.

What if you declare upfront that it wasn't really an emergency? This will be interesting.

Meanwhile, As Expected ...

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Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Latkes
Latkes

Saying/implying that this will allow the next president to declare emergency over something else is silly. They can declare an emergency anyway, regardless of what Trump does. They probably won't need to. The swamp already owns almost everything.

2banana
2banana

obama created DACA ignoring federal law, ignored federal law on marriage, invaded two countries (Syria and Libya), signed 10 National Emergency Declarations, gave billions to the Iranians, appointed czars, droned killed American citizens, bankrupted entire industries, destroyed 100 years of contract laws in auto bailouts, etc. etc., etc.....all without one vote in Congress.

Not one Pelosi/Schumer joint televised news conference looking disappointed.

Sechel
Sechel

i'm against Trump declaring the emergency. It's not. I think the courts will back him. Here's why. The courts will be hesitant to rule on what is or isn't an emergency. Instead they'll look at the law and ask whether it gives the legislature a remedy. The law does. If Congress fails to use the tools the law gives them why should the courts intervene on behalf of the legislature or so my thinking goes.

lol
lol

Wall will be an economic boom,good jobs,welders,steel workers,steel fab,machinists not the non stop monthly p/t bartenders,security/prison guard, GOV'T ,pizza delivery,telemarketing the economy has been producing decade.

Mish
Mish

Editor

Sechel, this is not just about the emergency, it is about diverting funds - That is supposed to be Congressional duty.

There will be two challenges, not one