President Trump took the expected step to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall on Friday during remarks that he gave in the Rose Garden.
Congress has repeatedly turned down the $5.7 billion figure that Trump has been asking for to build his wall, and he told the gathered reporters on Friday “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”
Unsurprisingly, the courts are going to have the final say on the president’s executive decision to fund his wall. California Governor was among the first to promise that his state will be filing a lawsuit.
Here’s the statement from his office:
“President Trump is manufacturing a crisis and declaring a made-up ‘national emergency’ in order to seize power and subvert the constitution. This ’emergency’ is a national disgrace, and the blame lays solely at the feet of the President. Meanwhile, he plans to shutdown and divert funds used by California law enforcement that run counter-narcotics operations and fight drug cartels to build his wall. Our message back to the White House is simple and clear: California will see you in court.”
But President Trump was already expecting to have to fight the courts, saying “we’ll end up in the Supreme Court and hopefully we’ll get a fair shake, and we’ll win in the Supreme Court.”
trump's intonation here — going UP on like every fifth WORD as he discussed the COURTS — was honestly hypnotic pic.twitter.com/Ll9YQaHEFy
— David Mack (@davidmackau) February 15, 2019
Newsom also held a news conference on Friday with California Attorney General Xavier Beccera. The pair declined to say when they would be filing their lawsuit, according to the Sacramento Bee. Beccera told reporters “This is a president showing his disdain for the rule of law and our U.S. Constitution.”
Trump has gone after California and its leaders on several occasions since he entered the White House. Most recently, he took a jab at them for failing to put in their high-speed rail system, tweeting “they owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now.”