Former top U.S. security officials decry Trump’s emergency bid

Former top U.S. security officials decry Trump's emergency bidNearly 60 former senior U.S. national security officials on Monday rejected President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, saying there was “no factual basis” to circumvent Congress to build his long-promised border wall. In an 11-page letter, former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and John Kerry, both Democrats, along with former Republican Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and others, said there was no documented emergency at the U.S. border with Mexico. Diverting funds to the project will “undermine U.S. national security and foreign policy interests,” the 58 ex-officials wrote in the letter, first reported by the Washington Post.

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