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

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoTrump officials say US efforts to deter Iran have worked Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress MORE (D-Ariz.) on Thursday condemned the announcement that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Chances for disaster aid deal slip amid immigration fight 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 MoultonCNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC Pelosi employs committee chairs to tamp down calls for Trump impeachment 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted. 

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDemocrats seize on IRS memo in Trump tax battle Momentum grows to create 'Do Not Track' registry Senate chairman says bipartisan health care package coming Thursday MORE (D-Ore.) said the "only national emergency here is the damage Trump’s fragile ego is doing to the country."