On Saturday, President’s counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared on the Fox News program “Watters’ World” and clarified why the United States is facing a “humanitarian security crisis” at the Southern border and not a “constitutional crisis” following President Trump’s first veto Friday.
Conway spoke to host Jesse Watters ad claimed that the national emergency declaration at the border with Mexico was not a “constitutional crisis” but in fact a “national security crisis.”
“This is not a constitutional crisis, it’s a national security crisis at our border. That’s what I would call 76,000 migrant aliens being apprehended in February of this year, alone.” said Kellyanne Conway.
Kellyanne Conway was referencing the data by the United States Customs and Border Protection published in March, which reported that there were more than 76,000 migrants caught crossing the border illegally in February of this year.
Earlier this month CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan spoke to reporters and claimed that the situation at the Southern border was reaching a “breaking point.”
Conway went on to say that “Congress and the courts have fallen down on the job” in regards to securing the Southern border and called on Congress to “undo” the National Emergencies Act from 1976 before taking a shot at lawmakers on the Hill by saying they “don’t have the guts to do that.”
The President’s counselor then claimed that the situation at the border was a “humanitarian security crisis.”
Kellyanne Conway’s remarks come one day after the first veto of Donald Trump’s presidency, where the president struck down the congressional resolution of disapproval to block his national emergency declaration.
During the Oval Office ceremony, President Donald Trump stated that while “Congress [had] the freedom to pass this resolution,” the president had “the duty to veto it.”
Twelve GOP senators – which included Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and others – broke with the president and voted with Senate Democrats to block Trump’s national emergency declaration.
On March 26, the House is expected to vote again on the resolution in an attempt to override the veto, however, it’s very unlikely they will have enough support to reach the two-thirds necessary to do so.