Nancy Pelosi Responds to Donald Trump's Veto Threat: 'We'll Fight Him in the Congress and Courts'
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is prepared to fight through Congress if President Donald Trump decides to veto her new resolution.
Pelosi and other Democratic Senators introduced a bill to stop Trump's national emergency declaration that will allow the president to gain funds for a border wall along the Southern border.
Yet Trump is already said he's prepared to veto the measure in order to go through with his plans. As it stands, Republicans control 53 seats of the chamber.
Only four of them would be required to vote for the measure for it to go through. Some Republicans have already expressed their disapproval of Trump's move in declaring the emergency.
If Trump goes through with the resulting veto, Pelosi said she is prepared to fight:
"We'll fight him in the Congress, we'll fight him in the courts, and we'll fight him in the court of public opinion."
"What he's doing is wrong, and the Republicans know it. [The national emergency declaration] is undermining our system of checks and balances."
Some Republics that Pelosi may be talking about are Republican Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.
The above have all shown interest in voting to support the resolution. Last week, the measure passed with 13 votes from Republicans, a clear indication that the party is not at all on the same footing as the president.
Pelosi, however, is still hopeful that Trump will do what she believes is the right thing. She said:
"Hopefully the President won't veto it -- or maybe he'll just withdraw it, as some of his Republican, the Republican senators are asking him to do because they know that it undermines the Constitution of the United States."
Speaking at an event in Texas, she added:
"[The president] is asking us to ignore the oath of office that we take to protect and defend the Constitution by this declaration."
Trump's declaration came after his record-long government shutdown failed to get the Democrats to provide $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall. Thereafter, he agreed to a spending bill that would give $1.375 billion for border security.
It wasn't enough for Trump who would still need billions more for his desired border wall. Referring to the declaration, Pelosi said it is "undermining our system of checks and balances."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also spoke on the matter saying he thinks "what is clear in the Senate is that there will be enough votes to pass the resolution of disapproval, which will then be vetoed by the president, and then in all likelihood, the veto will be upheld in the House."
McConnell is clearly in support of the president's declaration and might be right in his prediction. If the president does veto the move, two-thirds of the house will need to vote to overturn it, a highly unlikely scenario.
In mid-February, Pelosi confronted Trump immediately after declaring the national emergency declaration. Her sentiments now are consistent with what she said back then.
In a Twitter post, she wrote:
"@realDonaldTrump’s unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist does great violence to our Constitution and makes America less safe, stealing from urgently needed defense funds for the security of our military and our nation."
Pelosi vowed to fight the executive order all the way to the Supreme Court if that's what proves necessary. For now, we anticipate the measure passing the House and await Trump's next move.