Juan Williams: Critics Calling Trump Emergency Declaration 'Extraconstitutional,' Say He's 'Going Around' Congress
Juan Williams said Tuesday on "The Five" that President Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the border is an end-run around Congress' budgetary authority.
"It's extraconstitutional," he said, characterizing some liberals' opinion of the decision. "You are literally saying to Congress ... we're going around you."
Williams said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is likely to try to hold his Republican caucus in line and let the courts decide whether the order should be overturned.
He said that many Republicans on Capitol Hill are warning that a Democratic president could easily declare a gun control or climate change emergency if Trump is able to establish this precedent. “You’ve got people saying there's real consequences to his behavior," Williams said.
"You've got people saying there's real consequences to his behavior," Williams said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that her party's opposition to Trump's move is "not about politics" but instead "about patriotism."
She said Congress would "be delinquent in our duty if we did not ... fight back."
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