President Trump wasted no time tearing into an “activist Obama appointed judge” after a federal judge thwarted the White House’s plan to reallocate funds to constructing portions of the so-called border wall.
Per Fox News:
“Another activist Obama appointed judge has just ruled against us on a section of the Southern Wall that is already under construction,” he said. “This is a ruling against Border Security and in favor of crime, drugs and human trafficking.”
Another activist Obama appointed judge has just ruled against us on a section of the Southern Wall that is already under construction. This is a ruling against Border Security and in favor of crime, drugs and human trafficking. We are asking for an expedited appeal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2019
Trump went on to say that the administration is asking for “an expedited appeal.”
U.S District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam’s ruling late Friday temporarily prevents the administration from using reallocated funds for two wall-related projects in Arizona and Texas by diverting money that Congress has not approved.
Trump declared a national emergency in February and is using that declaration to redirect funding from the Pentagon after Congress did not agree to the president’s demand for more than $5 billion in wall funding.
Gilliam cited Congress’ absolute control over federal expenditures.
Gilliam’s ruling does not prevent the Trump administration from using other resources to fund the wall. The judge also ruled against a suit brought by Democratic officials to prevent the diversion of $600 million from the U.S. Treasury to fund wall construction.