On Feb. 15, 2019, Donald Trump spoke from the Rose Garden at the White House and declared a national emergency to circumvent Congress to build the border wall he promised Mexico would build. Trump is seeking $6.5 billion more funding than what was approved by Congress.
Trump stated he was declaring a national emergency because of “an invasion or our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) stated the president just created a constitutional crisis.
In a statement issued by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the declared Trump’s actions unlawful.
Sen. Susan Collins (R) said in a statement on Feb. 14 that Trump’s plan was a mistake. She also wrote the funds were intended for catastrophic events or significant natural disasters.
While Trump was speaking, Sarah Sanders tweeted on Twitter a photo showing Trump signing the national emergency declaration.
The funding for the border wall will be taken from:
- $600 million Treasury take from the drug forfeiture fund.
- $3.6 billion from the military construction funds
- $2.5 billion taken from the Department of Defense fund to counteract drug activities
A CNN poll showed that most Americans were opposed to calling a national emergency to build a border wall. The announcement today follows a spending bill which was passed providing $1.375 billion for new fences on the Texas border.
Written by Barbara Sobel
Washington Post: Trump’s border emergency: Democrats criticize declaration, vow action
NPR: Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall
NBC News: Trump’s declaring a national emergency to get his wall. He’s forcing a constitutional crisis.
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