Sen. Kamala Harris called it “ridiculous.” Rep. Mike Levin promised a legal challenge. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested a future Democratic President might declare a national emergency over gun violence.
They were all reacting to reports Thursday that President Trump plans to declare a national emergency to secure funding for his signature campaign promise of a “big, beautiful wall” along the Mexican border.
“This is ridiculous. I have opposed every effort to build the wall because the American people should not have to pay for the president’s vanity project. We don’t need it,” said Harris, who is a candidate for President in 2020.
“I look forward to joining Democrats and Republicans in averting another senseless government shutdown. However, we cannot allow the president to get away with a national emergency declaration, which is a clear abuse of power and likely unconstitutional. I will support every effort to challenge his declaration in court,” said Levin.
Presidential Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump would sign bipartisan legislation to fund the government, avoiding a second shutdown, but then declare a national emergency and divert funds earmarked for other uses.
“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action—including a national emergency—to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” she tweeted.