House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday stated that if President Donald Trump can declare a national emergency in order to circumvent Congress to fund the border wall, there’s no reason that a Democratic president in the future cannot use the same measure so he or she can deal with gun violence in the country, Fox News informed.
Pelosi made these comments at a press conference in the Capitol at the anniversary of the Parkland massacre in Florida that left 17 people dead.
“Let’s talk about today: The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America,” Pelosi said. “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.”
However, she specifically mentioned that in no way she is calling for Democrats to declare a national emergency.
A source told Fox News late Thursday that Trump will declare a national emergency in order to fund his border wall and this will enable his administration to allocate $8 billion from various federal agencies to fund the project.
“A Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well,” Pelosi said. “So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans.”