After what may seem like endless battles for border security, President Trump has finally been awarded some news that could hold the key to victory.
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood explained while at a House Armed Services Committee hearing that not only does Trump have the authority to build a wall along the border, he doesn’t need to declare a national emergency to do it.
Here is some of the dialog between Rood and republican Morris Brooks:
Mo Brooks: Does 10 U.S.C. § 284 as you understand it, require the declaration of a national emergency before it is implemented?
John Rood: No.
Mo Brooks: It does not?
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.
It seems a little odd that no one would have offered up this information sooner, given that the dispute lead to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
Still, if this is truly the case then it’s time Trump gave the word.