Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) warned Trump that if he tries to declare a national emergency to get his wall, he is likely to lose in court.
Chris Coons on CNN: "Frankly, if the president tries to reach out and extend his executive power and try and get our military to build the border wall, declaring this a national security emergency, I think he'll face a significant and likely successful challenge in court."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 8, 2019
If the President tries to make the military build a border wall over Congress’s objection or if he declares a national security emergency, I think that he is going to face a significant challenge in court. pic.twitter.com/yI9WukNUkW
— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) January 8, 2019
Trump can declare the emergency, but the problem comes when he tries to move the money to fund construction of the wall. Democrats and Republicans agree that any appropriation of funds for the wall, even if it is existing funds that were budgeted within a department for another purpose, must be approved by Congress.
If Trump tries to go around Congress to get his wall, he is going to get sued, and it is likely that he will lose.
House Democrats have legal standing and they are already planning on taking Trump to court if he tries this move. It is a certainty that an injunction will be immediately granted blocking Trump from building his wall.
Trump is trying to trample the Constitution, which is why if he tries this stunt, he will lose.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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