An adviser to President Trump, White House immigration hawk Stephen Miller, is indicating that Trump is fully prepared to issue the first veto of his presidency if Congress votes to disapprove of his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“He’s going to protect his national emergency declaration, guaranteed,” Miller said.
Democrats are preparing to introduce a resolution disapproving of the declaration, but it’s highly unlikely they will get a two-thirds majority to override a presidential veto.
Miller downplayed the significance of the line that raised eyebrows from Trump’s Rose Garden press event on Friday, where the president asserted ‘I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this.’
Critics of the president jumped on that, speculating that it was an admission of some type, one that could play a role in legal challenges to Trump’s claim that an immigration and narcotics-trafficking ’emergency’ exists along nearly 2,000 miles of America’s southern boundary.
On Sunday, Miller pointed out the exact opposite, stating that Trump meant he could have chosen the more patient approach to sealing the border that his predecessors have taken. In that light, Trump is pointing out he is doing it the way he is because he believes there is a real emergency and he doesn’t want to do it on D.C. Swamp time, which is usually slow.
“We see an increasing number of people crossing the border as well as increasing violence in Mexico,” he said.
“What the president was saying is that like past presidents, he could choose to ignore this crisis, choose to ignore this emergency as others have. That’s not what he’s going to do.”
Miller also disputed so-called fact-checkers who claimed that despite Trump’s assertion that there’s a wave of drug trafficking coming through the border, most of them smuggled into the country come through ports of entry. That’s a tactic liberals use to make people believe an issue is being hyped. They throw out a talking point that sounds plausible, in this case, that yes, there are illegal drugs coming in, but they’re not coming in through the border. This tactic makes many people drop their initial concerns about the subject.
Miller pointed out that the point of entry drug trafficking is a measure of what is intercepted, and not what comes in.
“Eighty to 90 percent of those drugs don’t come across in unfenced areas. They come from ports of entry,” host Chris Wallace said.
“You apprehend the contraband there, because that’s where you have the people, that’s where you have the screeners,” Miller replied.
Miller continued, “I assure you, if we had people at that same density and screeners at that same density across every single inch and mile of the Southern border, you’d have more drug intercepted in those areas. You don’t know what you don’t know, and you don’t catch what you don’t catch.”
SOURCE: Fox News
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