Unstoppable rumors ran into stubborn facts about Fox News, while White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller defended President Trump's national emergency and called for a veto if Congress disapproved of it. in an interview with Chris Wallace on Sunday.
The segment is focused on the limits of presidential powers to bypass Congress and get funding to build 230 km of gates along the southern border. Miller described the drug attack and migrants crossing the border as justification for the emergency declaration.
Yet, as a small army of fact-finders has already noted, Wallace told Miller that the vast majority of hard drugs seized by Customs and Border Protection are being captured at ports of entry, not between them, and that illegal migration by the border had dropped by 90%. since 2000.
So what crisis is the wall supposed to solve? Following the theory of "unknown unknowns" by former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Miller invoked what could not be demonstrated by the statistics of his own administration.
"You do not know what you do not know, and you do not catch what you do not catch," Miller told Wallace. "But for reasons of national security, you can not have uncontrolled and unsecured border areas where people can flock undetected."
The party took a tense turn after Wallace urged Miller, a constitutional conservative, about measures designed to prevent the president from securing funds outside of Congress.
It was not a problem, said Miller. "In 1976, Congress passed the National Emergencies Act and gave the President the power, as a result of that, to invoke a national emergency in many different circumstances, but among these, military construction funds . "
And the military, in a practical way, has already been deployed to the southern border, noted Miller, and a wall is needed to "secure the areas where they patrol."
In other words, troops have been deployed to reinforce the border and now need barriers to protect them from the threat that Miller has not described.
However, the move is unprecedented, Wallace said, in the way Trump sought to secure his funds. Miller repeatedly refused to acknowledge that this had not happened before and attempted to answer with a personal question.
Wallace went through the dodge.
"Answer my question.Can you quote a case in which a president asked for money in Congress, Congress refused and then the president invoked national powers to get money anyway ? "
Miller replied, "Well, this current situation -"
Wallace intervened again. "Just yes or no, sir."
Miller responded "no" in a brief back-and-forth before moving on to emergency statements involving Zimbabwe as an example of misuse of authority – even though the 2003 measure against Despot Robert Mugabe's associates were extended by Trump himself in March.
Miller ends the segment with the sign of even more difficult political maneuvers.
According to Miller, by September 2020, new obstacles will have been built hundreds of kilometers along the border.
And he suggested that if Congress passed a resolution disapproving of urgency, Trump would probably veto it. "He will protect his national emergency declaration, guaranteed. … If the president can not defend this country, he can not fulfill this constitutional oath. "
The segment is over. Wallace, in a flash of underestimation, said goodbye to his guest.
"It's always good and always difficult to talk to you," said Wallace.
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