On Friday, newly-appointed US Attorney General William Barr backed President Trump’s decision to veto the recent resolution attempting to block his declaration of national emergency at the US-Mexico border.
Barr said Trump’s declaration was “clearly authorized under the law, and consistent with past precedent” while pointing out that the National Emergencies Act allowed the president to “identify and respond to emergent circumstances that require a decisive response.”
“The humanitarian and security crisis we have on the border right now is exactly the kind of emergency that presidents are permitted to address under the National Emergencies Act,” said Barr.
Flanked by members of the Trump administration, Barr went on to tell the president, “What you have done, from a legal standpoint, is solidly grounded in law.”
“The humanitarian and security crisis we have on the border right now is exactly the kind of emergency that Presidents are permitted to address under the National Emergencies Act…What you have done from a legal standpoint is solidly grounded in law.”—Attorney General Bill Barr pic.twitter.com/tEsnBsPr3p
— GOP (@GOP) March 15, 2019
Barr also noted that 59 other emergencies have been declared in the past, and said “the crisis that we’re dealing with today is right on our door step,” which he declared “presents a real, clear and present danger to the American people.”
The US AG went on to say President Trump’s emergency declaration was “imperative to protecting the American people” in regards to the ongoing border crisis.