Dem lawmaker: 'Trump's presidency is the real national emergency'

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoCongressional Hispanic Caucus calls for answers on Mississippi ICE raids Congressional Hispanic Caucus members call for diversity within the Fed Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument MORE (D-Ariz.) on Thursday condemned the announcement that President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE would declare a national emergency to fund a border wall, saying that "Trump's presidency is the real national emergency."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump MORE (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor that Trump "indicated" that he was prepared to sign a congressional spending bill without money for his long-promised wall along the southern border. 

The bill includes $1.375 billion for roughly 55 miles of new barriers along the southern border and allocates about $23 billion in total border security funds.

But McConnell added that Trump would also declare a national emergency at the same time he signs the legislation. 

"I indicated I'm going to support the national emergency declaration," McConnell said. 

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the decision shortly after, saying in a statement that Trump would "take other executive action - including a national emergency - to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border."

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) has said he supports the national emergency action. But many Democratic lawmakers have strongly voiced opposition to the move. 

"Donald Trump is the national emergency," Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonMoulton, Stewart pen op-ed backing three-digit suicide prevention hotline 2020 Democrats react to NYPD firing of officer in Garner case: 'Finally' Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted. 

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenWyden blasts FEC Republicans for blocking probe into NRA over possible Russia donations Wyden calls for end to political ad targeting on Facebook, Google Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity MORE (D-Ore.) said the "only national emergency here is the damage Trump’s fragile ego is doing to the country."