Republicans seemed all over the place in response to President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency in order to achieve his desired funding for a wall along the southern border.
Now, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) made it clear that even if Congress tries to block the president’s national emergency, the “votes will not be there” from the GOP.
As IJR Red reported, Republicans had mixed feeling ahead of the president’s press conference on Friday. Supporters included Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, and even Meadows.
“Given Congress will try to block this executive action, I’m seeing speculation Congress could override a POTUS veto w/ GOP votes,” Meadows wrote on Twitter. “They will not.”
“The votes will not be there. There is broad GOP + American support for POTUS taking legal, constitutional action to protect families,” he added.
Given Congress will try to block this executive action, I'm seeing speculation Congress could override a POTUS veto w/ GOP votes. They will not. The votes will not be there. There is broad GOP + American support for POTUS taking legal, constitutional action to protect families.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) February 15, 2019
“We’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs,” President Trump said during the press conference on Friday, announcing his intentions of signing the national emergency.
“… So, that’s the story. We want to have a safe country. I ran on a very simple slogan: “Make America Great Again.” If you’re going to have drugs pouring across the border, if you’re going to have human traffickers pouring across the border in areas where we have no protection, in areas where we don’t have a barrier, then very hard to make America great again.”
Watch the press conference below:
President Trump Speaks on the National Security & Humanitarian Crisis on Our Southern Border https://t.co/FqdfFORbv5
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 15, 2019
As IJR Red reported, top Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) blasted President Trump for declaring a national emergency, calling the move “unlawful,” even though Pelosi supported former President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration.