Trump Declaring A National Emergency Would Be John Roberts’ Next Big Test

UNITED STATES – FEBRUARY 28: President Donald Trump greets Chief Justice John Roberts after addressing a joint session of Congress in the Capitol’s House Chamber, February 28, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Trump has threatened to use his emergency powers as president to build his $5 billion vanity wall. Can he do this?

A series of laws gives extraordinary emergency powers to the president — in a true emergency. Who decides what’s a true emergency? In the first instance, the president does. In the end, the courts do.

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