“Our message back to the White House is simple and clear: California will see you in court,” said Newsom.
California Attorney General says Trump knows his declaration is “dubious”
During a press conference, Becerra noted Trump’s statement when he declared the national emergency earlier Friday that he “didn’t have to do this.” The state Attorney General said, the President was right for saying that. In fact, Becerra said, Trump “can’t do this because the U.S. Constitution gives Congress not the President the powers to direct dollars—the power of the purse.”
In addition, Becerra emphasized, “No one in America is above the law, not even the President of the United States. The President does not have power to act frivolously…He has the power to declare national emergency but this is not 9-11. This is not Iran hostage crisis of 1979. This is a President showing his disdain for the rule of law and our U.S. Constitution.”
Furthermore, Becerra pointed out that Trump knows that his action is “dubious” because he is expecting legal challenges. The consequences of the President’s national emergency declaration are “harm” not only to California but to all Americans, the nation’s rule law and to the U.S. Constitution.