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Kerry to Trump: Forget 'fictional' border crisis, declare emergency for climate

Kerry to Trump: Forget 'fictional' border crisis, declare emergency for climate
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Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change Biden, Brazil and the Amazon MORE on Friday urged President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE to declare a national emergency over the issue of climate change instead of what he called a "fictional" crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The former Obama administration official criticized Trump while commenting on a New York Times article about how ocean temperatures are rising faster than was previously known.

"Instead of declaring a national emergency to address a fictional emergency – @realDonaldTrump needs to stop denying a real one: climate change," Kerry tweeted.

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His remarks came just hours after The Wall Street Journal's editorial board warned Republicans against supporting Trump's reported plan to declare a national emergency in order to allocate funding for construction of a border wall, arguing that Democrats would later use the precedent set by Trump.

"If Mr. Trump did win in court, a President Elizabeth Warren might take the precedent as license to circumvent Congress whenever it is politically expedient," the editorial board wrote. "Rising carbon emissions or even income inequality could be declared national emergencies."

Trump this week visited the U.S.-Mexico border, where he reiterated his demand for constructing a wall to address issues such as illegal migration and the importation of illegal drugs, which primarily occur at legal ports of entry.

A partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22 is now in its 21st day as Trump and congressional Democrats remain at an impasse over funding for the president's proposed wall.