Armed Services Committee Reveals Game Changer For President Trump!

What if all the talk and consternation about funding the wall on the southern border was much ado about nothing?

What if the president, that would be Donald J. Trump, could actually declare a national emergency and order the United States Military to proceed to build with or without congressional approval.

According to one official, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood, that scenario is absolutely possible. He said so during a hearing exchange with Rep. Mo Brooks of the Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

BROOKS: I want to direct your attention to 10 United States Code § 284 which authorizes President Trump to deploy the United States military to the southern border to build fences and to do a lot of other things, and for clarity, if you look it up in the dictionary the word fence includes the word barrier and the word barrier includes walls made of a wide variety of different materials.

So that having been said, it seems to me that 10 U.S. Code § 284 can be used by the President of the United States to direct the United States military to build a wall. Now as of today, you’ve mentioned military forces along the southern border, have any of them been deployed pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 284?

ROOD: Congressman, I don’t believe any of our forces have been deployed pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 284. You are correct, however, that that use of authority would authorize the secretary of defense to erect barriers, roads, fencing, those types of materials to disrupt drug smuggling.

BROOKS: Does 10 U.S.C. § 284 as you understand it, require the declaration of a national emergency before it is implemented?

ROOD: No.

BROOKS: It does not?

ROOD: No.

BROOKS: Has President Trump, to your knowledge, ever used 10 U.S.C § 284 to direct the military to build the wall that is necessary for border security?

ROOD: No, not to my knowledge, Congressman.

BROOKS: If President Trump were to direct the Pentagon and the United States military pursuant to 10 U.S.C § 284 to build such barriers as are necessary to secure our southern border from drug trafficking and international crime cartels would the United States military obey that order?

ROOD: If we judge it to be a lawful order, yes sir. And I assume it would be.

If this is true, and there is no reason to imagine it is not, why are we going through the government shutdown motions? President Trump can build the wall anytime he wants.

Just do it. Please.

 

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2 Comments

  1. There are numerous reason why Trump has not gone down this road before now. For starters he was trying to do it through all the proper channels to get the funding he is requesting. Trump could have easily pushed this through while republicans had control but then he would not have exposed the total hypocrisy of the democrats in such a grand fashion. So now Trump is going to look great while building the wall and the democrats will loose even more of their base. Not to mention this is great fuel for his campaign for 2020. Now Trump will hold all the cards and the democrats will have nothing to barter with. They should have taken the compromises when they had the chance, and because they didn’t they look horrible to the Latino population they say they care so much about. But the democrats even threw them under the bus just to get at Trump. They are paying attention to what the democrats are doing. Now if Trump offers a deal for DACA then he will become their champion and not the democrats. There goes those votes. There are so many more reason that one could go one and one. But Trump won this one hands down. You might not be able to see it now, but he won!

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