Trump's state of emergency seems a bit, well, not much of an emergency. You might've figured that one out already, but Stephen Colbert was just as perplexed at Trump's casual demeanour during his press conference on Friday, announcing the national emergency. You were in the middle of telling us we were all going to die? All you have to do is tell us you had no option, to save our nation. Tell us you needed to do this," Colbert said on Monday night.
WASHINGTON - California will "imminently" challenge President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to obtain funds for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Sunday. "Definitely and imminently," Becerra told ABC's "This Week" program when asked whether and when California would sue the Trump administration in federal court. Other states controlled by Democrats are expected to join the effort. "We are prepared, we knew something like this might happen. And with our sister state partners, we are ready to go," he said.
FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2017 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speak during a news conference in Trenton, N.J. Christie says "it's not good" that President Donald Trump has yet to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. Trump appointed the Republican governor to chair his opioid commission, whose signature recommendation was an emergency declaration. Christie said Tuesday, Oct. 10 the commission's recommendations are "lessened" without the emergency declaration. But he says it's too soon to say whether not declaring an emergency has made things worse.
Republican lawmakers had hoped a deal on that measure would have helped more of them to back Trump's border emergency in Thursday's vote. Instead, several Republicans are being boxed into a thorny dilemma: defy Trump and the conservative voters who back him passionately, or assent to what many lawmakers from both parties consider a dubious and dangerous expansion of presidential authority.
Democrats say there is no border crisis and Trump would be using a declaration simply to sidestep Congress. Some Republicans warn that future Democratic presidents could use his precedent to force spending on their own priorities, like gun control. GOP critics included Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who said emergency declarations are for "major natural disasters or catastrophic events" and said its use would be of "dubious constitutionality."