State AG threatens legal action over Trump emergency declaration

Lawmakers Reach Shutdown Deal, But Will Trump Sign It?

Lawmakers Reach Shutdown Deal, But Will Trump Sign It?

Asked if the White House is prepared for legal challenges, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday, "We're very prepared, but there shouldn't be [legal challenges]".

Building the wall was a key election promise by Mr Trump.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Mr McConnell sought to reassure politicians unsure of the President's position before taking a vote on the plan, which falls short of providing the $5 billion in border wall funding Mr Trump had demanded.

After almost two months of negotiations that were never not doomed, President Trump is set to declare a national emergency so that he can build a southern border wall without congressional approval.

Senator Chuck Schumer said if Trump declares a national emergency to build the wall, he would be committing a "lawless act". The move is expected to be swiftly challenged by Democrats, who contend that Congress should control the purse strings of the government, not the White House.

Congress could look to pass a joint resolution disapproving the president's declaration, but doing so with a veto-proof majority is unlikely.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today that she may file a legal challenge and is in the process of reviewing her options.

Stewart said Trump would be "making a mistake" to declare an emergency.

Media captionOther presidents got money for a border barrier - why not Trump?

The legislation hammered out by Congress this week does not include money for a concrete wall, but it does allocate $1.37bn in funding for physical barriers. The president insists any eminent domain cases, without presenting evidence, would move swiftly.

Air New Zealand flight to Shanghai forced to turn back
On another hand, this would not be the first time Taiwan-China question is causing a massive headache for airlines. White House called "Orwellian nonsense".

The president is expected to sign it the deal despite its shortfalls.

It took a while, but the path of least resistance is the one Donald Trump is following. If you didn't use eminent domain you wouldn't have one highway in this country.

Trump has also said he could declare what he calls "the crisis" at the southern border and try to find the money elsewhere in the massive federal budget.

By his declaration, Mr. Trump will inaugurate a new, imperial phase of his presidency.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, also expressed her opposition to calling a national emergency to build the wall, telling reporters that she saw "no grounds" to do so.

With numerous Democrats' liberal base voters adamantly against Mr Trump's aggressive attempts to curb immigration, four declared presidential hopefuls opposed the bill in the Senate: Cory Booker of New Jersey, New York's Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kamala Harris of California.

Republicans on the other hand scuffed at the deal. "Build WALL through M!" he tweeted then. Elizabeth Goitein of the Brennan Center for Justice told PBS in early January "that really, all the president has to do under the act is issue a declaration that he signs saying that he thinks there's a national emergency".

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus - who railed against President Obama's use of executive action - also urged the president to use executive action in a letter Thursday. "We can not rely on executive actions to get our job done", he said. Presidents have veto power but they aren't emperors.

U.S. federal law gives a number of powers to the president to use in response to a "crisis, exigency, or emergency circumstances threatening the nation", a document prepared for Congress states. In response to the question, "Should Trump Declare Emergency to Build Wall?", 31% said "yes" while 66% said "no".

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