“I’ve just had an opportunity to speak with President Trump and I would say to all my colleagues he’s prepared to sign the bill … he will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time,” Mitch McConnel the Republican Senate Majority leader, said on thursday.
This was after congress came to a bipartisan agreement of a $1.3B deal, far short of the $5.7B the President needed to build the wall. A deal which the president clearly said he is “not happy with.” Adding on twitter, that the wall is going to be built regardless.
Will be getting almost $23 BILLION for Border Security. Regardless of Wall money, it is being built as we speak!
Sarah Sanders, the WH press secretary confirmed thursday, that the president will declear a national emergency along the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
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. The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” she added.
While President Trump’s decision would avoid another government shutdown, thus keeping 800000 Americans working, CNBC reporting, say his declaration of a national emergency could quickly spark lawsuits challenging the president’s authority, creating yet another fight over his key campaign promise.
Both Schumer and Pelosi said, “Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency.” With Pelosi promising to review her legal options and file a legal challenge against Trump.
Meanwhile, Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell declared his support for Trump’s decision of a national emergency declaration. “I’m going to support the national emergency declaration.”