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Omar: Next president should declare national emergency on climate change ‘on day 1’

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMeet the three Democrats who could lead foreign affairs in the House Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' MORE (D-Minn.) called on the next president to declare a national emergency on climate change “on day 1” after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE made the same declaration to appropriate funds for a border wall. 

“Our next President should declare a #NationalEmergency on day 1 to address the existential threat to all life on the planet posed by Climate Change,” Omar, an outspoken critic of Trump, tweeted Friday.

The president’s declaration is likely to draw a court challenge, and Republicans on Capitol Hill had privately and publicly urged Trump to avoid such a move, fearing a future Democratic president could declare a national emergency on climate change, gun control or other liberal priorities.

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Trump first said Thursday he would announce the national emergency to beef up funding for a barrier on the southern border, a move that swiftly drew the rebukes of Democrats who slammed the move as an unnecessary overstep.

“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,” Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (D-N.Y.), one of several senators running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, tweeted prior to the official declaration. 

The White House said Friday it has identified up to $8.1 billion, including over $6 billion from the Pentagon, that will be available to fund the border wall now that the emergency is declared.