Pence uses NY Times, Washington Post headlines to defend Trump's claim of border crisis

Pence uses NY Times, Washington Post headlines to defend Trump's claim of border crisis
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Vice President Pence on Wednesday cited reports from The New York Times and The Washington Post about increased border crossings to defend President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE’s national emergency declaration.

Pence highlighted headlines from the Times and Post that read, “Border at ‘Breaking Point’ as More than 76,000 Unauthorized Migrants Cross in a Month” and “Family migration, already at record levels, rocketed to new high in February,” respectively.

The outlets are subjected to frequent derision from Trump, who has slammed them as "The Failing New York Times" and "The Amazon Washington Post," referring to its ownership by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

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Last month, following a Times report on his efforts to influence the investigations of him and his associates, Trump went so far as to call the paper a "true enemy of the people."

The message comes as Senate Republicans prepare to issue a rare rebuke of Trump and vote for a resolution to block his national emergency declaration.

The White House is currently waging a pressure campaign to prevent Republicans from defecting and joining the 47 Senate Democrats who will likely support the House-passed resolution. 

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Paul has suggested that at least 10 more Republicans back the resolution.

Trump declared the emergency last month after a congressional funding bill failed to meet his demand that $5.7 billion be appropriated for his border wall. The emergency declaration allocates roughly $8 billion for barriers along the Mexican border. 

The White House has repeatedly cited a rise in border apprehensions to further its argument that the nation is facing an immigration crisis at the southern border.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenDOJ to Supreme Court: Trump decision to end DACA was lawful Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign Trump casts uncertainty over top intelligence role MORE testified in front of the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday to defend the declaration, saying that further influxes of migrants could "overwhelm" the immigration system.

"Although we may disagree on solutions, I hope there can be a consensus that the current system isn’t working and that this is an emergency," Nielsen said in her opening statement.

Democrats did not appear to buy her argument, however, with committee Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonTrump officials unveil rule allowing indefinite migrant family detentions House committee heads demand Coast Guard Academy explain handling of harassment allegations Hillicon Valley: House panel subpoenas 8chan owner | FCC takes step forward on T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Warren wants probe into FTC over Equifax settlement | Groups make new push to end surveillance program MORE (D-Miss.) saying the wall is just a photo opportunity for the president.

"The president wants to build a wall so there is something to point to, or have his picture taken in front of, to convince the American people he has border security figured out," Thompson said.