Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi accused President Trump of “doing an end-run” around Congress Thursday; vowing to “review our options” when the Commander-in-Chief declares a “national emergency” at the US-Mexico border.
“That’s an option. We’ll review our options. It’s important to note that when the president declares this emergency -first of all- it’s not an emergency. It’s a humanitarian challenge to us,” said Pelosi.
“In any event, the President’s doing an end-run around Congress about the power of the purse. You’ve heard me say this over and over again. Article One, the legislative branch has the power of the purse,” she added.
Pelosi says she may file a legal challenge if Trump declares a national emergency pic.twitter.com/wtCBwdy1n7
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) February 14, 2019
White House Confirms Trump Will Sign Budget Bill, Declare ‘NATIONAL EMERGENCY’
The White House confirmed Thursday the President will sign a bipartisan funding agreement and subsequently declare a national emergency along the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action — including a national emergency — to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Statement on Government Funding Bill: pic.twitter.com/DrNv9D4rEi
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) February 14, 2019
“The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” she added.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
CARAVAN CHAOS: Trump Calls Caravan ‘NATIONAL EMERGENCY,’ Notifies Military
President Trump weighed-in Monday morning on the escalating crisis surrounding the “migrant caravan” heading towards the United States southern border; calling the situation a “national emergency” and confirming he’s “alerted the military.”
The President repeated his warning to the undocumented workers on social media; confirming the Mexican authorities have been “unable to stop” the caravan from entering the country and marching towards the US.
“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy [sic]. Must change laws!” tweeted Trump.
Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018
The “caravan” is now estimated at over. 7,000 migrants and is expected to reach the United States within days.