'Naked contempt for the rule of law': Pelosi and Schumer slam Trump in joint statement on national emergency
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence took part in a heated exchange with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at the White House on December 11, 2018. (AFP / Brendan Smialowski)

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released a joint statement scrutinizing President Donald Trump.

Trump reportedly said that he would work around Congress to get funding for his border wall by declaring a national emergency.

They called Trump's actions a "gross abuse of power."

“Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall," the statement read.

Adding, “It is yet another demonstration of President Trump’s naked contempt for the rule of law. This is not an emergency, and the president’s fearmongering doesn’t make it one."