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National emergency declared on Trump’s border wall, explained

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President Trump declared a national emergency to free up funding for his border wall between the U.S and Mexico. But declaring a national emergency isn’t new — in fact, the use of emergency powers is older than the country itself.

Democratic leaders vowed Friday to fight President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, calling it a “power grab by a disappointed president.”

“The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the courts, and in the public, using every remedy available,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.

They issued their response as Trump was still speaking in the White House Rose Garden, where the president said he is declaring the emergency to get more money to construct a wall along the southern U.S. border.

The announcement came as Trump was preparing to sign a bill that prevents another government shutdown and also provides $1.375 billion for border fencing – far less than the $5.7 billion the president had demanded a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump himself predicted the issue would end up before the Supreme Court. “I expect to be sued,” he said, before adding, “I shouldn’t be sued.”

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