Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) responded to the Thursday passage of a resolution to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration by making it clear that he thinks the president will win this fight.
Twelve Republicans joined Senate Democrats in voting for the resolution of disapproval after it was previously passed in the Democrat-controlled House. Graham claimed that the president’s plan will go through despite the vote, as it now heads to the Oval Office where President Trump is expected to veto it.
“The process to reject his decision, that process is happening right now,” said Graham. “The president will prevail. I don’t think for a moment they’re not sincere, I just disagree with their analysis. We’re gonna keep building the wall.”
"The president will prevail. I don't think for a moment they're not sincere, I just disagree with their analysis. We're gonna' keep building the wall." pic.twitter.com/ZaR14mMBZp
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 15, 2019
Trump is planning to use the first veto of his presidency in order to kill the resolution and to move forward with building the border wall.
“I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country,” Trump tweeted. “I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!”
I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country. I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019
According to Greenville News, Graham is standing strong in his support of building a wall to increase border security.
“There is an emergency at our southern border. Military construction funds can be used by President Trump to create barriers to protect our nation from the scourge of illegal immigration,” said Graham. “While I respect those who disagree, it is time to build the wall.”
However, the Republicans that voted to block Trump’s national emergency believe that the national emergency was an overreach of power. As IJR Blue reported, Senator Susan Collins explained that many Republicans felt the national emergency declaration gave the president too much power.
“What this debate is about is whether the president of the United States can take billions of dollars that have been appropriated that he has signed into law and then repurpose them for other projects,” Collins said.
It is unlikely that Congress has enough bipartisan support to override the veto.