Donald Trump hammered by left and right for raid on coffers

Lawsuit Filed Against National Emergency Declaration Alleges Trump Violated U.S. Constitution

On Friday, Trump made the national emergency declaration in his latest bid to obtain billions of dollars to fund the wall he has long pledged to build along the USA border with Mexico.

Trump declared the national emergency on Friday to use money from the Pentagon and federal counterdrug programs to meet his campaign promise of completing the wall, without needing congressional approval for funds.

Filed by consumer watchdog group Public Citizen in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the 19-page lawsuit is likely the first of many legal challenges to be brought against Trump over his efforts to use the executive branch's congressionally-gifted national emergency powers in lieu of legislative methods to fund and construct the border wall.

On Sunday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he was working with officials from at least six other states and would be filing a suit against the White House "imminently". Currently, House Democratic leaders are planning to block the declaration.

When Wallace countered with government statistics that showed attempted border crossings were actually at the lowest levels they had been in almost four decades and that the overwhelming majority of drugs were caught at ports of entry, Miller demurred.

As President Donald Trump himself illustrated this week, the only national emergency is the one created by his changing role from incompetent USA president to that of American despot. "We knew something like this might happen, and with our sister state partners, we are ready to go".

Once a challenge is filed in court, Ackerman said, "the Supreme Court is going to decide in six months to a year". They include government statistics showing a decades-long decline in illegal border crossings as well as Mr Trump's rejection of a deal previous year that would have provided more than the almost $US1.4 billion ($NZ2.03b) he got for border security in the budget agreement he signed on Friday.

He should have sensed their entrenchment before the shutdown, and rather than threaten a National Emergency afterward, he should have early on signed another "disgusting" Continuing Resolution that didn't contain immigration legislation, and quickly moved to a Declaration; but, he didn't. "You don't know what you don't know", he said.

Democrats, state attorneys general and at least one advocacy group have vowed to take the Republican president to court over the declaration.

Journalist Bob Woodward, who chronicled the first year of the Trump presidency in a best-selling book called "Fear", told Fox News he believes Trump made the national emergency declaration because "he looks strong".

After the lawmakers had refused to fund the million dollar border ball, Donald Trump has declared a national emergency on Friday. "The Supreme Court is nearly certain to uphold President Trump's emergency".

Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to address what he called an "invasion" of drugs, gangs, human traffickers and undocumented migrants over the USA border with Mexico.

"He couldn't get the Mexicans to build the wall", he said, "he couldn't get Congress to vote the money in ..."

"My concern is our government wasn't created to operate by national emergency", Hurd said.

"President Trump got one thing right this morning about his declaration when he said, 'I didn't have to do this.' He's right". Opponents of the declaration also are certain to use Mr Trump's own words at his Rose Garden news conference to argue that there is no emergency on the border. "Now, whether we have enough for an override and veto, that's a different story".

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