Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego Says Donald Trump's Presidency Is 'The Real National Emergency,' Amid Impending Border Wall Announcement

Hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that President Donald Trump "indicated" he would declare a national emergency to obtain the remainder of funding needed to build a border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, several Democrats let their opinions of the move be known.

Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego was among those speaking out, with the Democrat posting to Twitter, saying: "Trump's presidency is the real national emergency."

Trump's presidency is the real national emergency.

— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) February 14, 2019

Gallego, who represents Arizona's 7th District, wasn't the only member of Congress to have such a reaction to McConnell's news. Massachusetts congressman Seth Moulton also posted to Twitter, saying, "Donald Trump is the national emergency."

Moulton later shared a November 2014 tweet from Trump that criticized then-President Barack Obama for sidestepping Congress over executive actions that he signed to implement immigration reform.

"Repubs must not allow Pres Obama to subvert the Constitution of the US for his own benefit & because he is unable to negotiate w/ Congress," Trump posted to Twitter at the time.

👇 https://t.co/DOyLYgClci

— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) February 14, 2019

Others also reacted to the news of the potential declaration of a national emergency by sharing Trump's tweet, including CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, NBC News' Capitol Hill Correspondent Kasie Hunt and conservative columnist Erick Erickson

👀 https://t.co/dmj5CpgoMf

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 14, 2019

Obviously this exists https://t.co/MqodT2lLnI

— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) February 14, 2019

Other Democrats also condemned Trump's plan with posts on social media, including 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris and California Rep. Adam Schiff.

"Trump is declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress, to build a wall we don't need, to address a crisis that doesn't exist, by claiming an authority he doesn't have. If that sounds like nonsense, it's because it is. It's also plainly unconstitutional." Schiff said on Twitter.

Trump is declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress, to build a wall we don’t need, to address a crisis that doesn’t exist, by claiming an authority he doesn’t have.

If that sounds like nonsense, it’s because it is. It’s also plainly unconstitutional.

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 14, 2019

"Declaring a national emergency over this President's vanity project is ridiculous. We don't need a wall. Instead, we should address the actual emergencies facing our country — everything from gun violence to the opioid crisis." Harris wrote.

Declaring a national emergency over this President's vanity project is ridiculous. We don't need a wall. Instead, we should address the actual emergencies facing our country — everything from gun violence to the opioid crisis.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 14, 2019

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley also weighed on on the news, with Merkley telling Trump "the American people will see you in court."

Law only allows the use of a #NationalEmergency in two scenarios:
1. Declaration of war
2. Emergency requiring the use of armed forces

Not because you failed at negotiating & Mexico won't pay for your racist wall.

The American people will see you in court, @realDonaldTrump.

— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) February 14, 2019

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló echoed Merkley's sentiments retweeting a September 2016 message from the president that stated Mexico would pay for the border wall. In response, Rosselló wrote, "Is it now Puerto Rico and California (American Citizens) that will pay for the wall? If this is the case, we'll see you in court."

Is it now Puerto Rico and California (American Citizens) that will pay for the wall? If this is the case, we’ll see you in court. https://t.co/KwDjEloXm2

— Ricardo Rosselló (@ricardorossello) February 14, 2019

The proposed spending bill, which includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of new fencing along the southern border, passed in the Senate on Thursday evening. The House is expected to pass the bill during a vote late on Thursday night.

According to Acosta, the White House plans to announce the national emergency declaration after the House vote.

Details are "done" on Trump's national emergency declaration, I'm told. Current planning is for announcement to come tomorrow after spending bill vote in House.

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 14, 2019

In a statement on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that the president plans to sign the bill.

"President Trump will sign the government funding bill," Sanders said. "And as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action — including a national emergency — to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border."

After the White House confirmed that Trump would sign the spending bill, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi issued a warning to Republicans, telling them that if Trump declares a national emergency for the border wall then a future Democratic president could use the same move to go after guns.

"A Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well," Pelosi said during her weekly press conference. "So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans."

Pelosi went on to reference the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people died in the shooting, which occurred a year ago today.

"Let's talk about today: The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America. That's a national emergency. Why don't you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would. But a Democratic president can do that." Pelosi continued.

Feb. 14, 8:42 p.m: This story has been updated to reflect the change of date for the House of Representatives vote on the spending bill.