US Democrats are fuming over President Donald Trump’s willingness to do whatever it takes to deliver on his election promises.
Chief among those promises was building a wall along the Mexican border. The president and his supporters maintain it is necessary to ensure national security. And Trump has now used the powers of his office to declare a national emergency in order to see the wall properly funded.
And, according to a top adviser to the president, Trump will protect this declaration by issuing his first veto if congress votes against the national emergency regarding the border.
Immediate resistance to national emergency
The national emergency was declared on Friday as a means to bypass congress on the additional funds needed for the border project. This gives control back to the president over federal dollars, namely those allocated to military construction, and reassign them as further funding for the wall.
This obviously hasn’t sat well with those opposed to the border wall. Or even those opposed to Trump himself, for that matter. No one likes seeing someone they hate finally getting what they’ve been trying for.
As such, we’re already seeing plans of resistance crop up from a handful of blue states. As AP reports, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has said his California, plus Oregon, New Mexico, Minnesota and Hawaii would sue ‘imminently’ against the filing of a national emergency.
But the veto card that Trump still has up his sleeve can derail any kind of resistance.
Senior advisor reveals Trump’s veto plan
According to AP, it was White House senior advisor Stephen Miller who let it slip of Trump’s veto plan.
In an interview with Fox News, Miller said ‘the president is going to protect his national emergency declaration’.
When asked if that meant Trump was prepared to veto, Miller repeated, ‘He’s going to protect his national emergency declaration, guaranteed’.
That added guarantee made it very clear that Trump would not leave a solution unturned in order to secure that border wall. Even if the Democrats and a handful of Republicans unite to downvote his national emergency declaration, which is exactly what Congress are trying to do.
No way to undo a veto
Democrats are hedging all their bets on a vote disapproving the declaration once Congress returns to session.
Granted, their chances of attaining this are reasonable. For even though the Democrats have a minority in the senate, it will only take a few Republicans to walk over to their side to pass the motion.
AAP has reported that several Republicans are already indicating they would vote against the national emergency claim, so a downvote is definitely possible.
But it’s what happens after the downvote which gives Trump all the power.
The passed resolution must then go directly to Trump, who can veto it if he so pleases.
And the only way to override a veto is for two-thirds of both chambers of congress to vote against it.
And, as Trump ally Jim Jordan told the ABC, ‘I think there are plenty of votes in the House to make sure that there’s no override of the president’s veto’.
It’s hard now to imagine a scenario where this wall doesn’t end up being built.
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