Speaking exclusively to "Fox News Sunday," White House senior advisor Stephen Miller has promised that significant portions of President Trump's proposed southern border wall will be completed by September 2020, a few months before polling day.
Miller also strongly suggested that Trump would veto any congressional effort to overturn his national emergency declaration. A senior administration official told Fox News that the White House was planning to transfer $ 8 billion of funds currently available or available for the construction of the wall. Of this sum, $ 3 billion could be diverted with the help of the emergency declaration.
"You will probably see a few hundred kilometers [of wall] in the end, I would say, by the end of the next round of appropriations, "said Miller. All together, with regard to what we have already underway, what is going on right now and what we are going to complete.
Democrats plan to introduce a resolution disapproving of the emergency declaration under the National Emergencies Act once Congress resumes its work, and it is likely that Congress will succeed. Several Republican senators have already indicated that they would vote against Trump – although it does not appear that there is enough votes to override the president's veto.
A two-thirds vote in the House of Representatives and the GOP-controlled Senate would be needed to defeat Trump's veto on such a resolution. Jordan's representative, Trump's ally, Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told ABC News that he thought there were enough votes from the GOP to prevent the supermajorities needed to defeat a veto.
"I think there are a lot of votes in the House to make sure there is no derogation from the president's veto," he said. "So it'll be settled in court, we'll have to wait and see."
The very fact that the National Emergencies Act is considering such a protocol, Miller said, suggests that parallel court challenges to Trump's authority would be doomed to failure.
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"Clearly, the President will protect his national emergency declaration," Miller said. "It will protect its national emergency declaration, it is guaranteed.But the fact that they even speak of a resolution of disapproval shows that it is a statutory issue and a statutory delegation of the Congress. "
During a speech to the White House on Friday, Trump predicted that the lawsuits would follow a proven track record.
"The order is signed and I will sign the last papers as soon as I get to the Oval Office," Trump told the press. "And we will have a national emergency and then we will be sued, and they will sue us in the 9th circuit even if that should not be the case, and we will eventually have a bad decision, then we will have another bad decision then we will meet again at the Supreme Court and hope that we will get a fair shake and we will win in the Supreme Court, just like the ban. They sued us on the 9th circuit and we lost lost in the Appeals Division, then we went to the Supreme Court and won. "
The money the White House is supposed to displace includes about $ 600 million from the Treasury's confiscation fund, described as "easy money" that the White House can use as it pleases. The White House should also use the money from the Department of Defense's drug fight. But by declaring an emergency, Trump would also seek to release funds from the military construction budget of the Department of Defense, up to $ 3.5 billion.
"The bottom line is that you can not design a nation without a strong and secure border," Miller said. "It is fundamental and essential to the idea of sovereignty and national survival to be able to control who enters and who does not enter the country".
"Clearly, the President will protect his declaration of national emergency"
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, meanwhile, told British TV channel ABC's "This Week" that his country would take legal action to block the order, after the American Civil Liberties Union and the non-profit Public Citizen Watch Group commenced legal proceedings.
Pressed by anchor Chris Wallace to cite another case in which a president declared a national emergency because he could not get money from Congress, Miller declined to answer directly.
"Chris's status is clear on his own terms," said Miller. "If you do not like the status or if members of Congress do not like the status … The premise of your question is also false, because the Congress has allocated funds to the construction of border barriers in a consistent way, security. "
Miller added: "They have not refused to appropriate it.They have passed a law stating that the president could have this authority.It is the law.It is the decision taken by the Congress, and if people do not like that, they can address to – but as far as – what I said, it would not even be a problem if the president invoked this status to support a foreign adventure abroad You and I both know that presidents have been engaged for years adventure after adventure, not to mention the fact that we are conducting operations to destroy drug fields on the ground. foreign lands in Afghanistan or Colombia, and we can not even deal with criminal cartels operating on our border? "
Democrats were focused on politics, Miller said, and would hesitate to question the president 's authority in other cases involving the military.
"I guarantee it," says Miller. "If Donald Trump had declared invoking the national military emergency construction authority to build a security perimeter in Iraq or Afghanistan or around a military facility in Syria, Congress will not" would have made no objection.It is the defense of our country.
"We have families and communities that are neither protected nor defended," he said. "We have international narco-terrorist organizations, it's a threat in our country, not abroad, not in Belarus, not in Zimbabwe, not in Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq, but right here. And if the president can not defend this country, then he can not fill that constitutional oath. "
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By the way, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., Told CBS's "Face the Nation" show that he was convinced that Congress needed to act to "defend" its powers.
"I really think we should not create the terrible precedent of letting a president declare a national emergency just to bypass the congressional vote process," he said.
The construction of the border wall announces it as a crucial issue in the rising presidential race. The former Texas Democratic representative, Beto O. Rourke, said Thursday that he would "absolutely" support the felling of existing barriers along the southern border with Mexico, in a wave. Total rhetoric of open borders that has left conservatives wondering where else's potential White House hopes stand on the issue.
"Here's what we know," said O & # Rourke. "After the Secure Fence Act [of 2006]we built 600 miles of wall and fencing on a 2,000-mile border. What this has done is in no way demonstrable to make us safer. It cost us tens of billions of dollars to build and maintain. And this has pushed migrants, asylum seekers and refugees to the most inhospitable and hostile areas of the US-Mexico border, guaranteeing their suffering and death. "
The Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., And other Democrats, including at the time Sense. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton supported the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which allowed the construction of some 700 km of fences at the border. According to government figures, in 2015 virtually all fences were completed.
Brooke Singman of Fox News, Madeleine Rivera, Chris Wallace and the Associated Press contributed to this report.