Trump’s National Emergencies vs. Obama’s—The Difference Tells You Everything

January 11, 2019 11:16 am  

( – The media is, unsurprisingly, acting as if it’s preposterous that Trump would declare the “manufactured crisis” at the border a national emergency, despite the many obvious crises that have come as a result of our porous border.

Trump has been floating the idea of doing so as Democrats continue to refuse to make any sort of concessions to end the government shut down that would include funding for a wall.

The President has the authority to declare a national emergency as specified in the National Emergencies Act of 1974, which gives him the flexibility to shift previously appropriated funds from other departments and agencies to begin construction on a border wall.

A strong argument in defense of the President’s use of this authority comes from a surprising source (while they may not have intended it), CNN, who listed all of the national emergencies which have been declared since the law took effect.

It just so happens that there are 31 ongoing national emergencies over which the president still has certain authorities, the first of which was one of two national emergencies declared by Carter, from 1979.

President Reagan declared six national emergencies during his time in office while President H.W. Bush declared four, all of which have since been ended.

President Clinton declared a whopping 17, six of which are ongoing, while President Bush declared 12, 10 of which are ongoing.

Then there’s Obama, who declared 13 national emergencies, 11 of which are ongoing.

The list of all 31 ongoing national emergencies can give us some insight into the difference between Trump and Obama.

Trump’s three national emergencies, which block the property of individuals involved in “serious human rights abuses and corruption,” impose sanctions on anyone interfering with a U.S. election, and block property of anyone involved in destabilizing Nicaragua. Two of these focus on keeping our nation and citizens safe, while one is focused on a foreign nation.

Meanwhile, of Obama’s 11 ongoing national emergencies, nine are focused entirely on foreign nations, while only one is focused on protecting America, which is a declaration aimed at punishing those “engaging in significant malicious cyber-enabled activities.”

The rest of Obama’s national emergencies, those that have ended, focused on blocking property or prohibiting transactions or travel for those engaged in activities in, respectively, Somalia, Lybia, transnational criminal organizations, Yemen, Ukraine, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Venezuela, and Burundi.

While Obama used his national emergency powers to address issues in foreign nations, none of which have been very effective it ought to be noted, Trump seems dedicated mostly towards keeping his own nation safe.

This is why he was elected after all—to return the interests of the executive branch back to the US.

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