Sen. Lindsey Graham warns his fellow Republicans to back President Trump if he declares an emergency to build a wall on the southern border.
According to Bloomberg under a 1976 law, Trump can declare a national emergency if he specifies the reason to Congress. But any lawmaker could demand a vote on overturning the president’s decision, setting up a test of the president’s power and his pull within the GOP. If Congress disapproves, though, the president has the ability to veto such a resolution.
“To every Republican, if you don’t stand behind this president, we’re not going to stand behind you, when it comes to the wall,” Graham said in a speech in Greenville, South Carolina, of the political fight with Democrats over a border barrier. “This is the defining moment of his presidency. It’s not just about a wall, it’s about him being treated different than every other president.”
Graham said he doesn’t expect Congress to come up with a deal that would provide money for a wall in spending negotiations to avert another government shutdown after Feb. 15. He said he fears a “war within the Republican Party over the wall.”
“This is about more than a barrier. This is about us as a party,” he said.
Trump has mused for weeks about invoking emergency authority to build the wall, potentially by shifting Defense Department or disaster aid spending. But he’s also gotten increasing pushback from other members of his party.
Senator John Cornyn of Texas said he and other GOP leaders have conveyed their misgivings to Trump “many times.” Among their concerns are setting a precedent for a Democratic president in the future to declare an emergency on other issues. More
“Among their concerns are setting a precedent for a Democratic president in the future to declare an emergency on other issues.”
How stupid does this RINO think we are? Does he think we’re Democrats or something? Barack Obama declared 13 national emergencies with 11 still continuing!
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