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ICYMI: CA Governor prepared to sue over President Trump's emergency declaration

Governor Gavin Newsome is poised to sue over the President's emergency declaration. President Trump explains why he declared the emergency over U.S. border security.

Posted: Feb 16, 2019 12:37 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2019 12:42 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif./WASHINGTON, D.C. - California Governor Gavin Newsom is already preparing a lawsuit challenging President Trump's emergency declaration.

President Trump signed a bill funding the government and also declared a national emergency to get the money needed to build a wall along the southern border.

In a press conference Friday with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Newsom expressed his disappointment. Governor Gavin Newsom is already preparing a lawsuit challenging President Trump's emergency declaration.

Newsome said the wall would do nothing to impact the amount of drugs passing through.

"If you think it's an image of an individual with 400 pounds of cocaine in their backpack, then you're delusional," he said. "The drugs are coming through the ports of entry through traditional means -- vehicles, tractor trailers, coming over through drones, airplanes, coming all up and down the coast of California in boats," he explained.

Other states and advocacy groups may also sue. Even the President admits the process will not be easy.

President Trump said Friday he is unhappy with the bipartisan deal to fund the government, saying that is why he decided to look for they money elsewhere. He said, "We want to stop drugs from coming into our country."

Congress authorized 1.375 billion dollars to build a barrier along 55 miles of the southern border. The President signed that deal, but said more funding is needed, "...because we have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people and it's unacceptable."

By a series of actions, including declaring a national emergency the President is able to redirect more than six billion dollars from federal funds, including the Defense and Treasury departments. This would provide President Trump wih more than eight billion dollars for a wall.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) said, "It is repulsive that a chicken hawk like President Trump would steal money from our troops, damage our military readiness, and undermine our national security all in the name of going around Congress because he didn't get his way."

In a joint statement Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer called the move "a power grab by a disappointed president who has gone outside the bounds of the law."

As Democrats denounce the declaration and vow a fight, the President predicts a battle in the courts which experts say could take years to resolve.

President Trump said, "Sadly we'll be sued, and sadly it'll go through a process, and happily we'll win. I think."

Newsom said Friday the emergency declaration will not affect efforts to cleanup areas impacted by the Camp Fire. but says that there are still victims waiting for support and relief.

CLICK THIS LINK to find out what North State Congressmember Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) had to say about President Trump's emergency declaration.

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