White House Defends Decision to Declare National Emergency

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White House Defends Decision to Declare National Emergency
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White House Defends Decision to Declare National Emergency
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White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp recently appeared on Fox News to discuss President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency. During her interview with Fox’s Bill Hemmer, Schlapp said the threats posed by illegal immigration justify the need for a national emergency. Schlapp went on to say that construction of the border wall will continue while the president’s decision is being challenged in Congress and the courts.

Shortly before the president’s announcement of the national emergency, the White House detailed how much they intended to spend on the project. In total, $8 billion has been allocated toward the wall during the national emergency. The president initially requested $5.7 billion from congress toward the wall. However, following a government shutdown and months of negotiation, Congress compromised on the much smaller amount of $1.3 billion.

The $8 billion in spending announced by the White House includes the $1.3 billion recently approved by Congress. Of the remain funds, $2.5 billion will come from the Department of Defense, $3.6 billion will come from military construction funds, and $600 million will come from the US Treasury Department. While many Republicans welcomed the president’s decision, countless Democrats and some Republicans have criticized the move.

The Democratic controlled House of Representatives is expected to pass a disapproval resolution against the national emergency in the very near future. The House’s resolution will force the Senate to also vote on the president’s decision. However, it’s highly unlikely enough Republicans will vote against the president to pass the measure. Even if they do, it is nearly impossible to imagine any scenario where enough Republicans would vote against the president to create a veto-proof majority.

It seems the president’s decision to declare a national emergency will face its most difficult challenge in the courts. President Trump and others in his administration have said they expect the decision might be rejected by the lower courts. However, they have also expressed the view that the decision will be ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court.

According to Schlapp’s statements during her interview on Fox News, it appears the White House intends to immediately begin using the funds allocated toward the wall. Schlapp said the funds will continue to be used toward construction of the wall throughout the legal process. She also stated her belief that most of the funds allocated toward the wall are cannot be denied by the courts.

The $8 billion designated for the national emergency has a goal of funding 234 miles of new barriers along the southern border. According to White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller’s statements to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, the project is scheduled to be completed sometime around September, 2020. Although the courts are expected to move slowly in responding to the president’s decision, the matter is likely to be resolved well before the construction project is complete.

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