Puerto Rico governor threatens legal action over national emergency declaration: 'See you in court'

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló on Thursday threatened legal action against 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 if American citizens foot the bill for his long-desired border wall shortly after the White House said the president would issue an emergency declaration to secure funding for the structure.

"Is it now Puerto Rico and California (American Citizens) that will pay for the wall?" Rosselló tweeted. "If this is the case, we’ll see you in court."

The governor's comments came in response to a September 2016 tweet in which Trump declared "Mexico will pay for the wall!" Trump had made that same pledge throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.

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The White House said Thursday that Trump will declare a national emergency to secure money to construct the wall after a bill brokered by lawmakers only included $1.375 billion in funding for roughly 55 miles of new barriers along the southern border.

The move is likely to draw swift legal challenges, and a number of Republican lawmakers have expressed concerns that an emergency declaration will set a dangerous precedent for future administrations.

It's unclear what funds the White House intends to drawn up to fund the wall through an emergency declaration.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyChris Wallace presses Mulvaney: Why doesn't Trump give a speech denouncing 'anti-Muslim bigotry'? Officials dismiss criticism that Trump rhetoric to blame for New Zealand attack Kaine says Trump is 'using language that emboldens' white nationalists MORE said Sunday that the president would take money from whatever sources are available.

Some GOP lawmakers said he could look to an $800 million defense fund dedicated to drug interdiction. A substantial portion of that money, more than $200 million, was already being used for ongoing anti-drug operations, according to a Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee who requested anonymity.

Rosselló had previously warned Trump amid reports that the administration was considering using disaster recovery funding to go toward the wall. Puerto Rico is still recovering from the damage sustained during Hurricane Maria in 2017.