On Friday, Mr. Trump declared a national emergency over funding for the border wall, sparking controversy among both Republicans and Democrats. Trump’s declaration is already going to have to withstand court challenges, and could likely set a dangerous precedent for future presidents.
Some lawmakers are already calling on the next Democratic president to declare a national emergency on urgent issues like climate change, gun control, and healthcare.
On Friday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted that the next president should declare a national emergency on day one due to “the existential threat” posed by climate change.
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
Republicans warned Trump against declaring a national emergency including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who had private conversations with the president urging him not to do so.
According to The Washington Post:
‘Republicans have good reason to be deeply nervous. Here’s why: According to one of the country’s leading experts on national emergencies, it appears that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) can trigger a process that could require the GOP-controlled Senate to hold a vote on such a declaration by Trump — which would put Senate Republicans in a horrible political position.’
McConnell warned Trump that enough Republicans could join with Democrats to override his emergency declaration.
During his speech in the White House Rose Garden, Trump stated that he was declaring an emergency because of “an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”
The facts though do not warrant the president declaring an emergency. Illegal border crossings were actually much lower than 2014 and 2016, and lower than their peak in 2000. According to NPR:
‘Many of the most recent arrivals are Central American migrants seeking asylum, citing a fear of violence or persecution back home.’
One Democratic aide said:
‘The House will vigorously challenge any declaration that seeks an end run around Congress’s power of the purse.’
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