Trump Declares National Emergency to Build a Border Wall

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Furthermore, Trump said he didn’t need to declare a national emergency because he “could do the wall over a longer period of time.” He said, “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it faster. I want to get it done faster, that’s all.”

It appears that the President just contradicted himself or weakened his argument that there a national emergency crisis at the border that needs a unilateral action.

Democratic leaders call the national emergency declaration a “power grab”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Chuck Schumer condemned Trump for his “unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist.”

In addition, Democratic leaders 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.”

Furthermore, Pelosi and Schumer emphasized that Trump violated the Congress’ exclusive power of the purse” under the Constitution. His “emergency declaration if unchecked, would fundamentally alter the balance of powers” in the government.