Ex-security officials: 'No factual basis' for Trump wall
Ex-security officials: 'No factual basis' for Trump wall
Former Senior National Security Officials to Rebuke Trump’s National Emergency Declaration
26 February, 2019, 05:25
On February 15, the President declared a national emergency to unlock billions of dollars in federal funding to build a wall on part of the U.S. southern border.
With numerous Republican senators voicing concerns or outright opposition to Trump's national emergency declaration, the disapproval resolution was widely expected to pass the Senate - though probably without securing the two-thirds majority that would be needed for a veto override.
Fifty-eight former senior national security officials, both Democrat and Republican, will issue a statement Monday saying "there is no factual basis" to President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S. southern border, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
"There is no factual basis for the declaration of a national emergency", the statement reads.
The president made this declaration on February 15, using his executive authority to sidestep Congress who were unwilling to provide the funds desired for the US border wall.
House Democrats introduced a resolution last week to block his effort to build a wall through his emergency powers, even though Trump has promised to veto the measure.
The former officials in the statement said that the president's action is unprecedented, CNN reported.
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As the House vote approaches, Trump is facing fresh backlash from fellow Republicans.
Trump on Monday continued to defend the declaration on Twitter and called on Republican senators to stand by him.
The former security officials, in Monday's letter, cited US government statistics showing illegal border crossings at almost 40-year lows.
Media captionOther presidents got money for a border barrier - why not Trump?
Among these former officials were CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, CIA Director John Brennan, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Deputy CIA Director David Cohen, all of whom held those posts under Democratic President Barack Obama. "Be strong and smart, don't fall into the Democrats "trap" of Open Borders and Crime!" he tweeted.
A group of former U.S. national security officials is set to release a statement arguing there is no justification for President Donald Trump to use a national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.
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