“The president is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Thursday.He is to declare a national emergency to fund his planned border wall with Mexico. Senior Democrats have responded by accusing him of committing a “gross abuse of power” and a “lawless act”. Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released a statement calling Trump’s decision a “clear abuse of presidential power”. Speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated his support for the move, saying the president was taking action with “whatever tools he can legally use to enhance his efforts to secure the border”.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has already suggested a legal challenge from Democrats should the president make an emergency declaration. The Democrats vowed that Congress would “defend our constitutional authorities”. A state of emergency is declared in times of crisis. The President would be able to divert money from existing military or disaster relief budgets to pay for the wall. Congress does not have the power to stop the president from declaring a national emergency.The declaration is expected soon.