Speculation that Republican leaders could turn on Trump if he declares a national emergency is making waves. The Daily Caller reports:
Republicans will turn on President Donald Trump if he declares a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, The New York Times reported.
“The whole idea that a president — whether it’s President Trump or President Warren or President Sanders — can declare an emergency and then somehow usurp the separation of powers and get into the business of appropriating money for specific projects without Congress getting involved is a serious constitutional question,” Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn said Monday, The New York Times reported.
“It would be a bad precedent, I think, for the president to decide to invoke national security as a way to bypass a congressional logjam,” GOP Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick Toomey also said, The NYT reported. “And I can imagine future presidents using that for purposes I would find very objectionable.”
Other Republican leaders also expressed concern over Trump’s threat to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country. Among those voicing worry are Republican Sens. Marco Rubio, Roy Blunt and Lamar Alexander, according to The NYT.
This would be a serious break within the party, as it needs to remain closer than ever in the face of a larger Dem House majority.