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

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoCompromise defense bill offers rebuke of Trump's Germany drawdown Gallego tapped to run Hispanic Caucus's campaign arm Congress: Support the ARC Act to prevent amputations MORE (D-Ariz.) on Thursday condemned the announcement that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts 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 McConnellBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser 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.