Trump is shredding the Constitution: Democrats
Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speak to a joint press conference at the National Press Club in 2017. (Albert H. Teich /

The two top Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Friday said President Donald Trump was violating Congress’ constitutionally granted power of the purse by issuing an emergency declaration to obtain funds to build a border wall, and they threatened potential legal action.

“The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the courts, and in the public, using every remedy available,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.

“The Congress cannot let the President shred the Constitution,” they said.

(Reporting by Tim Ahmann)