During an interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) pointed out the reason why President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency on border security could be a success.
Meadows told Pirro that he understands the hesitation from some Republicans to support the president in his decision but claims that it is not as extreme as it seems.
“Well, I think everybody, especially on the Republican side of the aisle, wants to make sure Congress has the power and not the executive branch,” Meadows said. “That being said, Judge, here is the interesting thing: Congress had the ability to act, and actually stop the president from doing this national emergency. Twenty words, Judge — all they had to do was say no funds from 10 USC 284 2808 shall be used to build a barrier between Mexico and the United States.”
The strategy he explained was a provision that would have given the Supreme Court reason to block Trump’s plan. However, since there was nothing placed in the bill, the court will ultimately have to defer to the president’s national emergency declaration.
According to Meadows, Trump even warned Congress of his plans and they did not add the block into the bill.
“Twenty words if they had put in there basically would have prohibited the president from doing this. But the president did a real shrewd thing: Before they signed the bill and sent it to him before they voted on it, he said I’m going to declare a national emergency. He put them on notice, yet Congress didn’t act. I think the Supreme Court will look at that and say why did not Congress act? Do you know why they didn’t act? Because it’s dysfunctional and they refuse to admit that there is a crisis at the border.”