President Trump said Friday he is declaring a national emergency on the southern border, tapping into executive powers in a bid to divert billions toward construction of a wall even as he plans to sign a funding package that includes just $1.4 billion for border security.
President Trump announced a national emergency to secure $8 billion of funding to build a wall along our southern border to stop the flow of drugs, sex trafficking, and address the humanitarian crisis happening.
“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border … one way or the other, we have to do it,” Trump said in the Rose Garden.
Trump, in the Rose Garden, declared once again that “walls work” as he confirmed he’ll sign the emergency declaration.
“We’re talking about an invasion of our country,” Trump said.
And in an almost-casual tone, the president predicted a legal fight that will wind up before the Supreme Court.
Trump said he expects to be sued and hopes they get a fair shake by the federal appeals court.
Immediately afterward Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer released a joint statement, they said,
“This is plainly a power grab by a disappointed President, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process. The President’s actions clearly violate Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our Founders enshrined in the Constitution.”
They have assured the American people they will continue to fight against the President of the United States.
Congress will “defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the Courts, and in public, using every remedy available.