The Democrats argued that Trump had launched an unconstitutional coup because Congress had refused to apply for multi-billion dollar funding. Nevertheless, he decided to finance it with funds intended for other purposes, including military construction projects.
And California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has promised to launch "definitely and imminently" a legal challenge to the emergency declaration, one of many lawsuits against the aggressive movement of the executive power of Trump.
The announcement made by Trump at a press conference on Friday was made after he confessed his defeat in his attempt to charge $ 5.7 billion by Congress, but n & # 39; It did not trigger a new government shutdown.
During this event, the President seemed to undermine his own arguments in many ways by stating that he "did not need" to declare urgency, but wished to go faster than Congress on border security.
Miller tried to clean up this remark during an appearance in "Fox News Sunday".
"What the president was saying is that, unlike former presidents, he might choose to ignore this crisis, ignore this urgency as others have already done." but that's not what he's going to do, "Miller said.
"It will protect its national emergency declaration, it is guaranteed," Miller said.
Congress should "take back power"
Once the House has acted, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is unlikely to be able to prevent a termination effort, and given the skepticism of some Republicans, it is possible a majority is rallying against Trump's bet, even in the Senate.
The representative of the Republic, Will Hurd, who represents a large district along the southern border of Texas, said he would support a measure in the House that would prevent Trump from withdrawing money from projects. military construction of the wall.
"I'm always ready to get Congress to reclaim some of that power as a branch of government with equal opportunities, and I'm sure there will be a lot of talk," Hurd said on Sunday. "Face the Nation". on CBS.
But one of Congress's closest allies, Ohio representative Jim Jordan, predicted that Trump's critics would not be able to garner a two-thirds majority in every room in the world. Congress to cancel any presidential veto.
"I think there are a lot of votes in the House to make sure the president's veto right is not overruled, so that will be settled in court," said Jordan. at ABC News "This Week".
Republican Senator Ron Johnson has expressed his concern over Trump's claim of authority to act on the wall – some, according to his colleagues, could set a precedent for a future Democratic president to take aggressive action on issues such as climate change or gun control.
"I would like him not to use it in this case," Johnson told NBC on Sunday as part of "Meet the Press." He warned that a "weakened" Congress had ceded power to the presidency and the courts.
But the Wisconsin senator also seemed to have offered himself not to vote against Trump's assertion of power, suggesting that there is a good chance that the GOP will refuse, as it does. is often the case, to coerce its president.
"We're going to look very closely at what he's doing here in this case," Johnson said. "But, again, I must point out that this president has been thwarted in his attempt to maintain the security of this country – to secure our borders.
"Let's face it, if this president can claim a warrant on everything that he has run, it's exactly this question: better obstacles and the security of our border."
Hard to imagine a "poorer case"
Democrats have attempted to portray Trump's action as a blatant abuse of power, arguing that it was different from the urgent statements of past presidents and that it could reshape the relationship between the executive and the Congress.
"It's the first time that a president is trying to declare an emergency when Congress has explicitly rejected the project's funding that he advocates," said Sunday the chairman of the Democratic Intelligence Commission's the House, Adam Schiff, on the state of the Union.
"If we give up the power of the stock exchange, which is our most important power, there will be little control and no balance will be left, it will not be a separation of powers, but a separation of the parties. a moment of truth for my GOP colleagues ".
Another Democrat, Senator of Hawaii, Brian Schatz, used humor to make fun of the use of executive power by Trump.
"Emergency Day 3. Arrival from Oahu Light rain, 66 degrees, be careful," wrote Schatz on Twitter on Sunday.
More seriously, Becerra said the California court challenge would support Trump's own remarks to weaken his statement and claim that he created an artificial emergency that does not meet the historical norms of such statements.
"We are ready, we knew it could happen, and with our sister state partners, we are ready to go," said Becerra on ABC, "This Week".
"There is enough evidence to show that it is not the crisis of September 11, 2001 that we faced in 2001, nor the hostage crisis in Iran that we were confronted with in 1979, "said Mr Becerra.
"This is not even the type of national emergency in which we try to act against a foreign enemy or avoid a type of harm done to Americans abroad. "
Trump is unrepentant. An emergency declaration is in many ways an effective political means that allows it to get out of its defeats in Congress over the wall. Even if his statement is blocked by the courts, it will give him a crusade with which he can rally his base in his fight for the re-election of 2020.
In a singing chorus, Trump said Friday that he thought his efforts would be quickly dismissed in court, but seemed to base his hopes on a possible favorable Supreme Court ruling with his new conservative majority.
Until then, Trump insists, without any proof, on the fact that he is fulfilling the campaign promise that lit a fire under his 2016 campaign – and which, it seems , bets that he could give her a second term.
"BUILD THE WALL!" the president tweeted unexpectedly Saturday during his long weekend in his private complex in Florida.