2020 Dems slam Trump's plan to declare national emergency

Democratic presidential candidates rushed to denounce President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump in new ad: 'The death toll is still rising.' 'The president is playing golf' Brazil surpasses Russia with second-highest coronavirus case count in the world Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' MORE on Thursday after the White House announced the president's plans to declare a national emergency to fund his demand to build a border wall.

Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Booker introduces bill to create 'DemocracyCorps' for elections On The Money: GOP senators heed Fed chair's call for more relief | Rollout of new anti-redlining laws spark confusion in banking industry | Nearly half of American households have lost employment income during pandemic MORE (D-N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers demand answers on Chinese COVID hacks | Biden re-ups criticism of Amazon | House Dem bill seeks to limit microtargeting MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Hillicon Valley: Uber to lay off thousands of employees | Facebook content moderation board announces members | Lawmakers introduce bill to cut down online child exploitation Democrats introduce legislation to protect children from online exploitation MORE (D-N.Y.) joined a chorus of their Democratic colleagues in denouncing Trump's plan, 

“Trump’s inability to follow through on a campaign promise is not a national emergency,” Booker tweeted.

“Declaring a national emergency over this President's vanity project is ridiculous. We don't need a wall. Instead, we should address the actual emergencies facing our country — everything from gun violence to the opioid crisis,” Harris tweeted soon after.

“Gun violence is an emergency. Climate change is an emergency. Our country's opioid epidemic is an emergency. Donald Trump's ridiculous wall is not an emergency,” Warren said in a tweet.

“An outrageous abuse of power—not to mention waste of taxpayer dollars—if he goes through with this ludicrous idea. Drop the absurd wall and do your job,” Gillibrand said.

The White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMemorial Day weekend deals latest economic blow to travel industry Senate Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood loans On The Money: Jobless rate exceeds 20 percent in three states | Senate goes on break without passing small business loan fix | Biden pledges to not raise taxes on those making under 0K MORE (R-Ky.) announced Thursday that Trump will sign a spending bill that allots $1.375 billion for roughly 55 miles of new barriers along the southern border, but said the president will also declare a national emergency to make up the remainder of the $5.7 billion he had initially demanded.

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All four 2020 candidates voted against the funding bill.

Trump had threatened for weeks to declare a national emergency to secure border wall funding and follow-through on one of his signature campaign promises. The declaration of a national emergency is expected to draw legal challenges.

“We’re very prepared, but there shouldn’t be [legal challenges]. The president’s doing his job. Congress should do theirs,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Several Republicans in both chambers, meanwhile, have called on the White House to avoid the declaration. McConnell said Thursday he would support the president.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' Senate Democrats call on Trump administration to let Planned Parenthood centers keep PPP loans States, companies set up their own COVID-19 legal shields MORE (D) signaled that Democrats will fight Trump on the plan.

"There is word the president will declare a national emergency. I hope he won't. That would be a very wrong thing to do," he said, adding that he and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' Lies, damned lies and the truth about Joe Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin: More COVID-19 congressional action ahead MORE (D-Calif.) will issue a more formal response "in short order."

The emergency declaration is subject to a resolution of disapproval, which must pass both chambers and requires Trump's signature.