WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) — County one of North Carolina’s senators among Republicans who disagree with President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to build a wall along the US border with Mexico.
Hours after the president made the announcement in a Rose Garden speech and Q&A at the White House, Sen. Thom Tillis sent out a statement criticizing what he called executive overreach.
“It doesn’t matter who the president is or what party they belong to: I strongly believe in the separation of powers and curbing the kind of executive overreach that Congress has allowed to fester for the better part of the last century, including during the Obama Administration,” Tillis said.
Tillis says he has supported President Trump’s plans to secure the nation’s borders and shares the president’s frustration with Democrats in Congress blocking his efforts for political purposes.
“While there are unobjectionable ways for the president to transfer federal funds to be used for border security, including more than $600 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund, I don’t believe a national emergency declaration is the solution,” Tillis said. “It wouldn’t provide enough funding to adequately secure our borders, it would likely get tied up in litigation, and most concerning is that it would create a new precedent that a left-wing president would undoubtedly utilize to implement their radical policy agenda while bypassing the authority of Congress.”
Tillis went on to describe potential scenarios:
- A President Bernie Sanders declaring a national emergency to implement the radical Green New Deal, including shutting down power plants, causing energy prices to skyrocket.
- A President Elizabeth Warren declaring a national emergency to shut down banks and take over the nation’s financial institutions.
- A President Cory Booker declaring a national emergency to effectively end Second Amendment Rights.
“Congress has allowed executive overreach to continue unabated from one administration to the next because both sides are fine with it as long as they agree with the policy goal,” Tillis said. “While I agree with President Trump’s policy goal, I don’t believe in situational principles, and it’s clear what kind of rabbit hole our country can go down when we have a Democratic president who wants more government intrusion into our economy and our lives.”
While Tillis may fear the precedent Trump’s declaration may cause, the president said today the precedent has already been set by previous presidents who have declared national emergencies.