Washington state Democrat Adam Smith appeared on ABC News this weekend. When asked if Trump has the authority to use the military to build the wall, his answer was yes.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Top Dem Rep Admits Trump Has the Authority to Use Military to Build Border Wall
Rep. Adam Smith (D., Wash.) on Sunday admitted that President Donald Trump has the authority to use the U.S. military to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Smith, the chairman of the House Armed Service Committee, appeared on ABC’s “This Week” to talk about the government shutdown and wall funding.
“Does President Trump have the ability, have the authority to declare a national emergency and have the military build his wall?” host George Stephanopoulos asked.
“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, but primarily it’s been done to build facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq. And in this case, I think the president would be wide-open to a court challenge saying, ‘Where’s the emergency?'” Smith said.
Trump was asked on Friday whether he had considered using emergency powers to direct the military to build the wall without congressional approval.
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