Ex-National Security Officials to Denounce Trump's Emergency Declaration

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Ex-National Security Officials to Denounce Trump's Emergency Declaration

President Trump on Monday cautioned fellow Republicans against falling into a Democratic "trap" as lawmakers prepare to vote this week on legislation rejecting his declaration of a national emergency at the U.S. -Mexico 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.

A group of former U.S. national security officials is set to release a statement on Monday, Feb. 25, arguing that there is no justification for President Donald Trump to use a national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The statement says Trump's declaration goes against the administration's own data and calls the President's actions unprecedented.

Trump resorted to a national emergency declaration after Republicans on a specially-designated conference committee failed to secure the $5.7 billion he had long demanded for the construction of a border wall as part of a broader spending package.

Secretary of State John Kerry, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, CIA Director Leon Panetta and National Security Adviser Susan Rice from the Obama administration have reportedly signed the letter.

The president reminded them that their voters supported the idea of more physical barriers at the Southern border.

The Washington Post was first to report on the statement. It argues that border crossings are near a 40-year low and that there is no "terrorist emergency" at the border.

"I hope our great Republican Senators don't get led down the path of weak and ineffective Border Security".

The move allows the president to tap into funds from the Pentagon and other budgets.

"There is no factual basis for the declaration of a national emergency for the objective of circumventing the appropriations process and reprogramming billions of dollars in funding to construct a wall at the southern border", they wrote.

Congress has never before sought to cancel a national emergency declared by the president since passage of the National Emergencies Act in 1976.

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