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

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar fires back at Trump: 'You can't #MuslimBan us from Congress' GOP lawmaker defends Chelsea Clinton after confrontation over New Zealand attacks Trump criticizes trio of Fox News anchors: 'They should be working' at CNN MORE (D-Minn.) called on the next president to declare a national emergency on climate change “on day 1” after President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: 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 Elizabeth GillibrandNew York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president Actress Connie Britton endorses former roommate Gillibrand for president Trump singles out local union boss over GM's decision to shutter Ohio plant 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.