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Gillibrand targets Trump over national emergency declaration


U.S. Sen. Kristin Gillibrand, D-N.Y., poses for a photograph alongside New Hampshire Rep. Kris Schultz (with hat) and Maura Willing (right) at Revelstoke Coffee on Friday. GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff

Democratic presidential contender U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand slammed President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency along the U.S. border with Mexico.


“I think the only national emergency is the humanitarian crisis that President Trump has created at our the border by separating families from children and treating people who need our help inhumanely,” the senator from New York said in downtown Concord on Friday. “I think this is manufactured, I think this is inappropriate.”


Gillibrand spoke soon after Trump’s declaration, which will potentially allow him to divert billions in defense department funding toward construction of a wall.


“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border ... one way or the other, we have to do it,” Trump said from the Rose Garden.


Gillibrand said congressional Democrats planned to sue the Trump administration and called the president’s action “not only reckless, but it’s unwise.”


“Democrats are not afraid of national security or border security,” she said. “Democrats have funded border security for decades.”


And she charged that “what President Trump wants to do is build a medieval-style wall ... It is a hateful message.”


New Hampshire’s two senators were equally critical of Trump’s plan.


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