President Donald Trump's policy advisers and allies are preparing to defend his decision to declare a national emergency over the southern border wall, as opponents promise to launch legal challenges against the controversial matter.
Democrats ― and a handful of Republicans ― are speaking out against Trump's action, and already, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has promised to launch a legal challenge to Trump's declaration, reports CNN.
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller said Sunday that the president is "guaranteed" to veto any move by Congress to block him from reallocating money toward wall construction and that he will "protect his national emergency declaration."
Becerra said his challenge will use Trump's own words to show he's created an artificial emergency, and that the border issue is "not even the type of national emergency where we are trying to take action against a foreign enemy or to avoid some type of harm befalling Americans abroad."
Miller, however, told "Fox News Sunday" that when Trump said he "didn't need" to declare an emergency, he was really saying that he was not going to be like past presidents and "ignore this crisis."
Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, said Sunday he'll back a measure to prevent Trump from taking money away from military construction projects, but Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Trump's critics won't be able to pull together enough votes to override a veto, telling ABC News' "This Week" that the matter will be settled in court.