State of emergency declared by POTUS sparks debates
President Donald Trump's decision to declare a state of emergency is being hotly contested.
CNN's Jim Acosta saw President Donald Trump refuse to answer a question at the White House press conference on February 15, 2019.
Acosta asked the President whether or not he has fabricated a crisis on the border in order to declare a state of emergency. An act that is being hotly debated at every level.
Trump spars with @CNN's Jim Acosta, who asks if POTUS is "concocting" a national emergency.— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 15, 2019
"Your question is a very political one, because you have an agenda. You are CNN. You are fake news." pic.twitter.com/cz2rT9ckUD
"I didn't need to do this. But I'd rather do it much faster ... I just want to get it done faster."
TRUMP REJECTS QUESTION FROM ACOSTA
Claiming that Acosta is biased and divulges fake news, Trump turned to the "Angel moms" asking them if they thought the border crisis is a fabrication.
"Angel moms" are the mothers of Americans who have died as a result of ilegal immigrant related violence.
Can we the people declare a national emergency to build a wall around the White House to keep this rambling, incoherent man out?— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) February 15, 2019
The President justified his decision by saying that the country is facing a foreign invasion at its southern border
STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED TO FUND THE WALL
The President announced that he would be signing the final paper work to bring the national state of emergency into effect in order to bypass Congress, and fund the wall he'd promised to build during his electoral campaign.
"So the order is signed. And I'll sign the final papers as soon as I get into the Oval Office. And we will have a national emergency."
Not getting what you want to fulfill a campaign promise/chant is not a national emergency. Taking money from real needs and emergencies is what will create an actual emergency. https://t.co/1pJIubLKtF— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) February 15, 2019
STATE OF EMERGENCY DECISION HOTLY CONTESTED
The President is anticipating that there will be legal action taken to countermand his executive order, forseeing that the case might drag all the way to the Supreme Court:
"We will then be sued. We will possibly get another bad ruling, and then we’ll get another bad ruling, and then we’ll end up in the Supreme Court."
Likely to be used in future lawsuits: Trump on his national emergency declaration: "I didn't need to do this. But I'd rather do it much faster ... I just want to get it done faster." Via CNN pic.twitter.com/HcPrQdhRJ9— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 15, 2019
STATE OF EMERGENCY TO FACE "INVASION"
The President justified his decision by saying that the country is facing a foreign invasion at its southern border, which can only be stopped by building a physical barrier as a deterrent.
The state of emergency is a last ditch attempt to acquire the $5,7 million the President requires for the wall. Congress' refusal to ceed him these funds resulted in the longest governent shutdown in US history which left 800,000 federal workers without a salary for over a month.
If Trump “didn’t need to do this,” how could it possibly be a national emergency? https://t.co/0fBlkKBKPk— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) February 15, 2019
THE STATE OF EMERGENCY ACT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS INVOKING
The National Emergencies Act which President Donald Trump is invoking in order to circumvent COngressional aproval and appropriate the funds to build the wall was passed on September 14, 1976.
The Act was created to formalize the powers of the President during states of emergency. Although a President can declare a state of emergency, the Act also allows for Congress to undo a state of emergency declaration with either a joint resolution and the President's signature, or with a veto-proof majority vote.
Once again, President Trump may find himself in a tug of war with Congress.
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