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Top Dem: Trump Has the Authority to Use the Military to Build His Wall

"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."

By NTK Staff | 01.06.2019 @10:26am

Chair of the House Armed Service Committee, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), admitted that President Trump does have the authority to declare a national emergency and have the United States military build a wall along America’s southern border during an interview on Sunday.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos put the question to Smith: can Trump do it?

“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,” Smith said.

Smith added that if Trump decided to go down this path, he would be wide open to a court challenge.

The challenge would basically be “saying, where’s the emergency? You have to establish that in order to do this,” Smith said.

Smith then argued that building a wall along America’s southern border would not help with border security.

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