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 Forbes KerryBeto is the poor man's Obama — Dems can do better Joe Biden could be a great president, but can he win? Overly aggressive response to Omar's comments reflects distorted priorities in America MORE on Friday urged President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification 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.