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Spicer: Trump Has 'Full Authority' on Sanctuary Cities' Funding

By    |   Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 11:35 AM

President Donald Trump has the "full authority" to present grant money "in a way he sees fit" to protect the United States, and that includes his decisions to block funding for sanctuary cities, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday.

"U.S. code makes it clear this president has the full authority to do what's necessary to protect this country and to present grant money in a way he sees fit,' Spicer told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" co-anchor Bill Hemmer. "The idea that any judge or any jurisdiction would not be wanting to help make sure we can protect our citizens runs counter to what we should be looking at."

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick blocked Trump's attempt to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with immigration officials, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending.

The ruling was issued in lawsuits brought by the city of San Francisco and Santa Clara County against the president's executive order targeting communities that protect immigrants from deportation. Orrick ruled against the administration's contention that the order applies to just a small pot of money, and said Trump can't set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

Even if the president could do so, those conditions would have to be clearly related to the funds at issue and not coercive, as the executive order appeared to be, Orrick said.

"The court agreed with the president's interpretation of the authority that he has given under U.S. code," Spicer said Wednesday. "Where they differed is the interpretation of the intent of it, which is outside of what they should be looking at."

As the case proceeds to the Supreme Court, Spicer said, "they'll rule the president was well within his legal right to do this. I think that anybody that has a basic understanding of the Constitution and of basic reading of U.S. code would come to the same conclusion. We'll go through the process and we will, and as the president noted, we'll go to the Supreme Court and win it there."

Hemmer asked Spicer if he believes the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit "has it in for the White House," but the press secretary said he is not sure that is the case.

"They have a horrible record of interpreting that law," said Spicer. "That's just a fact."

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President Donald Trump has the "full authority" to present grant money "in a way he sees fit" to protect the United States, and that includes his decisions to block funding for sanctuary cities, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday....
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