Trump blames 'radical left' for blocking his wall

[VIDEO] 'SNL': Trump Declares National Emergency for Border Wall

Sixteen states - led by California - have joined to sue the Trump administration over the U.S. president's declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

"This Ninth Circuit, everybody knows it, it's totally out of control, " said President Trump.

Disputes over President Trump's border wall and California's bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation's most populous state.

Legal experts have said challenges to Trump's emergency declaration, which critics have called unconstitutional, face an uphill and probably losing battle in a showdown likely to be decided by the conservative-majority US Supreme Court.

All the states involved in the lawsuit have Democratic attorneys general. Another suit was filed Tuesday in the Northern District of California by the American Civil Liberties Union. Overriding the veto would require a two-thirds vote in both chambers.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, would not explicitly say Tuesday whether she would support a resolution of disapproval if one came before the Senate.

Second, an order to block any construction on a wall along the border without advance congressional approval of funds specifically for a wall.

"I'll be very direct".

The states argue that "the president lacks power under the Constitution to allocate funds for constructing a wall along the border because Congress retains the spending power".

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said he expected to do "very well", against the suit, adding that he had an "absolute right" to make the declaration. "This "emergency" is a national disgrace".

"I'm going to sign these papers for the emergency then I'll immediately be sued, then the court won't rule in my favor, then it'll go to the Supreme Court, then I'll call my buddy [Brett] Kavanaugh, then I'll say it's time to repay the Donny, then he'll say 'new phone, who this?'"

Democrats quickly seized on the move as an example of executive overreach.

"I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy of the people constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?", Baldwin tweeted in response.

The House Judiciary Committee has already announced an investigation into the constitutionality of the proclamation, while California led a coalition of 15 states that entered into a lawsuit against the administration over the order.

The estimated cost for a San Francisco-to-Los Angeles train has more than doubled to $77 billion. That's about 13 times more than the $5.7 billion Trump sought unsuccessfully from Congress to build the wall.

By Tuesday afternoon, the administration announced plans to cancel $929 million U.S. for California's beleaguered high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion it's already spent on the planned train between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

But Newsom said the state intends to keep the money.

Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying 16 states - including California - allege the Trump administration's action violates the Constitution.

Hours later, the U.S. Department of Transportation told California it planned to cancel almost $1 billion in federal money allocated to the rail project and wanted the state to return $2.5 billion it had already spent.

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