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Tong Leads Connecticut In Lawsuit Over 'Unprecedented Presidential Temper Tantrum'

Frankie Graziano
Connecticut Public Radio
Attorney General William Tong will represent Connecticut in multi-state litigation against the Trump White House. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit argue that the president's declaration of a national emergency to get money for a wall was unconstitutional.

Connecticut and 15 other states are suing the Trump administration over the president’s use of a national emergency declaration to fund a border wall.

Attorney General William Tong, (D-Conn.) said that the administration’s move will fund the wall’s construction by diverting money away from other important projects.

“He said ‘I’m going to target military construction money, I’m going to target drug interdiction money, I’m going to target drug forfeiture money’ – millions of dollars that Connecticut relies on, along with 15 other states -- and I would say probably a lot more than the 16 that have already filed suit -- rely on that money,” Tong said.

Tong didn’t provide more details on what specific projects or funding could be impacted.

“I’ve made the strategic decision to plead our case as filed because I don’t want to give the President of the United States a roadmap to undermine our case.”

President Donald Trump dismissed the lawsuit in a tweet sent out Tuesday afternoon. He characterized it as a ploy by “open-border Democrats.”

On the other side, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit say there’s no real national emergency happening at the southern U.S. border and that, by making the declaration, the president skirted around Congress’ refusal to pay for the wall. They believe that’s an unconstitutional act.

Tong called the declaration by Trump an “unprecedented presidential temper tantrum.”

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