California sues Trump hours after he declares a national emergency

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent listens from the front row as President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border during remarks about border security in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15th, 2019. Photo credit: Carlos Barria/Reuters

President Trump today declared a national emergency to get funding for his border wall, after signing a bipartisan bill to keep the government open for six months. The deal gave him far less money than he wanted for his wall. California Governor Gavin Newsom and State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced hours later they’re suing the administration. Becerra said Trump would divert vital drug enforcement money that California needs to pay for his wall.


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