Donald Trump has been a prolific tweeter and social media manager for nearly a decade.
Now he has the authority to take action against the federal government in the name of national security, and that’s when he needs the legal advice he’s been craving.
In a Friday morning tweet, Trump threatened to launch the National Guard if the U.S. doesn’t take the Paris climate accord.
He also warned the federal judge presiding over the case against him to rule that he doesn’t have to obey the court order to stay in the country.
“I’ll be going to war,” Trump tweeted.
“If the courts order, I’ll be calling for National Guard to be sent to the border to protect Americans.
The tweet was quickly picked up by other Trump critics.
“The Trump Administration has just issued a statement threatening to declare martial law, the National Guardsman and the military in response to the Paris Climate Accord.
The statement is just another example of how this Administration’s response to climate change is in complete disarray,” New York Rep. Mike Doyle wrote in a tweet Friday morning.
“President Trump’s recent tweet on the Paris Agreement, that he will use National Guard resources to defend the United States, is just yet another example.
It is a direct attack on the rule of law, on our Constitution and on our country.
We cannot allow this to continue.
It will not stop the Trump Administration from implementing its dangerous, unconstitutional agenda.”
Others, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, called for a call for armed guards to be deployed to the U to prevent the federal courts from forcing Trump to stay out of the country as a condition of staying in office.
“The President’s continued threats against the judiciary and the federal court system are an assault on the law and our Constitution,” de Blasio wrote in an Instagram post.
“We will not be intimidated, and we will not allow our country to be turned into a battlefield of war.”
De Blasio also asked for military personnel to be on standby for emergencies, which Trump has done multiple times in recent days.
“I can assure you that I will be prepared with the resources of the United State military, including the Guard and Reserve, if necessary,” Trump wrote Friday morning, adding, “This is my prerogative, and I will only exercise it in response at the direction of the President of the U and the United Nations.”
The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement Friday morning that Trump was authorized to issue the National Military Authority orders and that the order to deploy National Guard troops was not part of the executive order.
“This does not constitute an exercise of the National Defense Authorization Act,” the DHS statement read.
“Rather, it is an administrative order and is not subject to court review or judicial review.”
It was unclear whether the president would follow through with his threat to launch an attack on Paris.
“It’s too early to tell what his intentions are, but it’s clear that the President has shown himself to be a reckless and unstable person,” Michael Weiss, a former senior adviser to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) who now advises the nonprofit group Progressive Change Campaign Committee, told The Hill.
“He has the right to do whatever he wants, but we can’t count on him to follow through on his threats.
The president has an absolute mandate to enforce his constitutional authority, but the Constitution gives him a very narrow role in the administration.
He’s been a disaster so far.
It’s time for him to step up.”