President Trump declared a national emergency in an effort to fund the border wall on Friday. Trump invoked his executive powers to declare a national emergency in an effort to fund the border wall without Congressional approval.
Trump will put together funds from different areas and direct them to construction of the border wall. A 1976 law gives the president the power to declare national emergencies within certain parameters, whether or not there is an actual emergency is not one of them.
White House officials said funds would be redirected, $600 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund, money seized by the US government; $2.5 billion from the Department of Defense’s drug war activities; and $3.6 billion from military construction.
Mitch McConnell said Thursday he would support the emergency declaration. Before this latest national emergency declaration, there were 31 national emergencies active in the US, this marks the 32nd.