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Rep. Adam Smith (D., Wash.) on Sunday admitted that President Donald Trump has the authority to use the U.S. military to build the border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Smith, the chairman of the House Armed Service Committee, appeared on ABC’s “This Week” to talk about the government shutdown and wall funding.
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“Does President Trump have the ability, have the authority to declare a national emergency and have the military build his wall?” host George Stephanopoulos asked.
“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 and in this case I think the president would be wide-open to a court challenge saying, ‘Where’s the emergency?'” Smith said.
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Trump was asked on Friday whether he had considered using emergency powers to allow himself to build the wall with the military without Congress’s approval.
“We can call a national emergency because of the security … I haven’t done it. I may do it but we can call a national emergency and build it very quickly,” he said.
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Smith went on to say that if Trump used this authority, it would be “terrible use of Department of Defense dollars.” He said that taking $20 billion out of the defense budget would be a waste of money because he believes that it won’t improve border security.
“All border security experts that I talk to say where a wall makes sense has already been built,” Smith said. “We should have a conversation about border security, but first we should reopen the government and start paying our border patrol agents and the other 800,000 federal employees who are furloughed.”
“Where’s the emergency???!!!”
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