President Donald Trump “guaranteed” will veto any move by Congress to counter his declaration of a national emergency to fully fund a border wall, senior White House policy adviser Stephen Miller said Sunday.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Miller was pressed on Trump’s response if Congress were ever to pass a resolution of disapproval of Friday’s controversial declaration.
“He will protect his national emergency declaration, guaranteed,” he said in response to whether Trump would veto the resolution.
In the interview, Miller fiercely defended the emergency declaration as host Chris Wallace challenged him to provide historic precedent, noting that the 59 times the National Emergencies Act was invoked, two were for military construction funds.
"This is hardly comparable to either of those," Wallace said of Trump’s border wall project.
"Can you name one foreign threat in the world today outside this country’s borders that currently kills more Americans than the threats crossing our southern border?" Miller retorted.
"You know, the joy of this is I get to ask you questions," Wallace shot back. "You don’t get to ask me."
Wallace drilled down on whether there's ever been another instance of a president not getting money from Congress and then declaring a national emergency to allow the diversion of federal funding.
“Answer my question,” Wallace insisted after Miller didn't provide a definitive response. “Can you name one case where a president has asked Congress for money, Congress has refused, and the president has then invoked national powers to get the money anyway? …yes or no, sir.”
“The premise of the question is also false,” Miller finally replied.
During his defense of the president, Miller also took a hard jab at former President George W. Bush for choosing “to ignore this crisis” at the border.
“Let's start with …border crossings in the year 2000.,” Miller argued. “As you know, George Bush came into office, illegal immigration doubled from 6 million to 12 million by the time he left office. That represented an astonishing betrayal of the American people.”
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