US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order declaring a national emergency, which will empower him to fund the construction of a massive wall along the US-Mexico border to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country and curb drug smuggling.
The move would help Trump get $5.6 billion for the construction of the wall that, he has asserted, is essential for national security.
Trump once again delivering promise to secure our country: Sarah
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, WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
He is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our country, she added.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issuing statement on Twitter
I'm going to support the national emergency declaration: Mitch McConnell
The White House statement came soon after Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell made the move public.
"I had an opportunity to speak with President Trump and he has indicated he's prepared to sign the bill. He also will be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time," McConnell said.
"I indicated I'm going to support the national emergency declaration," he said.
There shouldn't be legal challenges, Sarah on Democrats' decision
On the Democratic Party, whose leader is Tom Perez, saying they will challenge the move in the Supreme Court, Sanders said, "We are very prepared, but there should not be legal challenges. The president is doing his job. The Congress should do theirs."
'Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act'
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall.
They called it President Trump's naked contempt for the rule of law.
Today's declaration is an abuse of power, said Nancy Pelosi
Today's declaration is an abuse of power -- a lawless, desperate attempt to distract people from Trump's failure to deliver on his core campaign promise to get Mexico to pay for his a border wall.
This isn't emergency, President's fearmongering doesn't make it one: Statement
It is yet another demonstration of President Trump's naked contempt for the rule of law.
This is not an emergency, and the President's fearmongering doesn't make it one, said Schumer and Pelosi in a joint statement.
They said that Trump is doing this as he couldn't convince Mexico, the American people or their elected representatives to pay for his ineffective and expensive wall.
Congress will defend our constitutional authorities, said Schumer and Pelosi
Schumer and Pelosi in their joint statement further said that since Trump failed to convince all involved, he is trying an end-run around Congress in a desperate attempt to put taxpayers on the hook for it. The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities, they said.
This would be a clear abuse of presidential power: ACLU
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said Trump's hankering for a wall at the southern border cannot be justified by calling a national emergency.
This would be a clear abuse of presidential power one that sidesteps the role of Congress in the appropriation of funds. Shame on any member of Congress who doesn't clearly speak out on this illegitimate invocation of emergency authorities, ACLU said.
Trump had no choice but to declare national emergency: Senator
Senator James Inhofe said Trump had no choice but to declare a national emergency.
"I want to make sure this declaration has minimal, if any, impact on our military and reimburse all the necessary accounts affected by the decision. Military housing and all military installations are facing disrepair and poor conditions. We cannot afford to allow them to be further impacted," he said.