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Miller goes to bat for Trump over emergency declaration

Posted On: Feb 17, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Miller goes to bat for Trump over emergency declaration

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday defended President Donald Trump from accusations of executive overreach, arguing his national emergency declaration was sanctioned by the “plain statute” of a law already passed by Congress more than four decades ago. “They passed a law specifically saying the president could have this authority,” Miller told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” referring to the 1976 National Emergencies Act. But of the 59 times former commanders in chief formally invoked their emergency powers, Trump's chief immigration adviser could not cite for Wallace another example of a president employing the act to secure taxpayer dollars that were previously denied by Congress. “It's in the plain statute. That's a decision that Congress made. And if people don't like that, they can address it,” Miller said. “But to my point that I made, this would not be even an issue if the president was invoking that statute to support some foreign adventure overseas,” he continued. “You and...

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