President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to acquire funds for his long awaited border wall is turning into a political showdown with Senate Republicans as they push back with a resolution of disapproval.
All 47 Democratic Senators are expected to vote for the resolution to block the declaration and now four Republican Senators, including Trump’s personal friend Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have spoken publicly about their intent to do the same, which would give it a majority, in a vote that is expected to come at any time.
The now-fractured Republican caucus has been looking for a way out of this with many, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), urging the President to back down from his declaration. Since this is uncharted territory, Republicans worry about the precedent this will set fohr future Democratic presidents in the White House.
“I think what is clear in the Senate is that there will be enough votes to pass the resolution of disapproval, which will then be vetoed by the president and then in all likelihood the veto will be upheld in the House.”Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Other Senators have weighed in with their uneasiness about the situation. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) is expected to oppose the resolution of disapproval but has publicly questioned Trump’s commitment to the declaration now that it’s having such an effect. Kennedy, in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” gave his thoughts on the matter.
“I do think he is probably rethinking the situation… I don’t think the president has the votes on a straight-up vote to sustain his position. Now, if the Senate says, ‘Mr. President, you don’t have the authority,’ as the House did, I expect the president to veto it, and we will be right back to where we are now.”Senator John Kennedy (R-La.)
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) joins a host of other Republican Senators who remain “undecided” on how they will vote on the resolution for disapproval but he DID take the very unusual step of publicly calling on the President to rethink his decision on the national emergency.
“There is time for the president’s lawyers to take another look and determine whether we can both build the 234 miles of border wall that the president has requested and avoid this dangerous precedent.”Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
These public outcries from Trump’s GOP, which are rolling in one after the next, are an embarrassment enough with Trump needing to rally the base as his disapproval rating grows and if he continues to push, it will likely get worse. Trump, who has pledged to veto any attempt at blocking him, recently sent out what seemed like a warning to Senate Republicans if they are planning to vote against him, calling that a “very dangerous thing” He spoke with Fox News’s Sean Hannity:
“I really think that Republicans that vote against border security and the wall, I think you know, I’ve been okay at predicting things, I think they put themselves at great jeopardy.”President Trump