Trump confident as states sue over emergency declaration

His move aims to let him spend money appropriated by Congress for other purposes.

Trump's use of the emergency declaration has drawn bipartisan criticism and is already facing a number of legal challenges. The American Civil Liberties Union has said it will file a case but has not publicly identified its client, according to the report.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer have made it clear that a resolution of disapproval will be among the weapons Democrats will deploy to fight the emergency declaration; a draft resolution is already being circulated by representatives Joaquin Castro of Texas and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY.

Critics, including several senators from Trump's Republican party, have warned that he has opened the door for future presidents to call on the act whenever they fail to get their way with Congress.

"And those people who want the wall are not patriots", she claimed, "they are not people who love this country, they are not people who stand up for what's right!"

"I'll be very direct".

"We're going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we're going to do it one way or the other".

President Trump announced his plans to declare a national emergency and use other sources of funds for the wall at a press conference Friday afternoon in the White House Rose Garden. But in 1983 the Supreme Court declared such legislative vetoes a violation of the separation of powers, so now, Congress must past a joint resolution to force the end of an emergency, and the president can veto it.

Trump added on Tuesday, "The failed Fast Train project in California, where the cost overruns are becoming world record setting, is hundreds of times more expensive than the desperately needed Wall!" He has repeatedly sought to paint a dire picture of conditions at the border, though illegal border crossings are down from a high of 1.6 million in 2000.

But there is another avenue whereby Trump's effort to move money into his border wall project could be stopped: a joint congressional resolution disapproving of the declaration.

The office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a release Tuesday that stated: "No one is above the law".

In response to the lawsuit, Trump fired back at California's leadership in pair of tweets Tuesday morning.

The estimated cost for a San Francisco-to-Los Angeles train has more than doubled to $77 billion.

In a recent spending bill, Trump asked for $5.7 billion in government funding for a border wall; Congress provided just $1.37 billion.

Mr. Trump had earlier singled out California for its lead role in the suit, seeking to link the state's high-speed rail project to his plan for the wall.

But Newsom said the state intends to keep the money.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the Trump administration is engaging in "political retribution" by trying to take back $3.5 billion U.S. granted for the state's high-speed rail project.

President Donald Trump gestures as visiting Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz leaves the White House in Washington following their meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the rail project "as now planned, would cost too much and take too long".

  • Rogelio Becker