Ouch! Another Republican Stumped When Asked For Example of Trump-Like Emergency Abuse


Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan became the second high profile Republican to flame out Sunday when asked to provide just one example of another president using a national emergency to procure funds that were denied to him by Congress, as Trump has done.

On Sunday’s edition of ABC News’ This Week with George Stephanopoulos, fill-in host Martha Raddatz asked Jordan “Congressman, can you give me an example where a president asked me for something congress rejected and the president went ahead and said he would do it anyway?”

“Ah, uh, I, I don’t know of that,” Jordan stammered, then added “but I do know that this wasn’t a rejection because there was some money for the wall in this bill.”

The compromise bill actually contains funding for 55 miles of new bollard fencing, which, as Trump has previously said, is not a wall.

“So Congress said, it’s OK for some, but the president said, this is such a grave problem, I need more money to build more wall and to fulfill the campaign promise that I told the American people I was going to do,” Jordan added.

“Which Congress specifically rejected, more money,” Raddatz pointed out.

“Congress did – they rejected more money, but they gave some for it,” Jordan repeated, then added “The point is, there is money that he can use that doesn’t require an executive order. He’s going to use that then he’s also going to do the emergency declaration. It’ll go to court, Martha. And we’ll see what the court says. All I know is, this is a serious situation, this is a crisis. Look at the drug problem, the human trafficking problem, the gang violence problem; that’s why we need the border security wall and that’s what the president is committed to making sure happens.”

Earlier Sunday, senior White House adviser Stephen Miller was similarly stumped by Chris Wallace, who pointed out that the U.S. Constitution states that “No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law.”

Miller, too, could not name a similar use of the National Emergencies Act, even though he was given multiple opportunities to do so.

Watch the clip above, via ABC News.

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