Rand Paul Betrays Trump Will Vote To Stop National Emergency


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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is going against President Donald Trump and his national emergency declaration.

To avoid another government shutdown and faced with Democrats stomping their feet and deciding not to address the crisis at the Southern border the president declared a national emergency.

It was no surprise when RINO Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski said they would vote against the president.

But Sen. Paul has been an avid supporter of President Trump and been strong against illegal immigration.

The Kentucky senator surprised many when he announced his decision to vote against President Trump, Politico reported.

“I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress,” Paul (R-Ky.) said at an event in Kentucky on Saturday, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. “We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it. If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing.”

Paul becomes the fourth Republican senator to pledge to vote for the disapproval resolution when it comes up for a vote in the Senate this month, meaning the resolution will pass if Trump doesn’t withdraw the emergency. The House passed the resolution on Tuesday, with 13 Republicans siding with Democrats. Trump has vowed to veto the resolution, which would be the first of his presidency. Both the House and Senate lack the votes to override the veto.

Paul disagreed with Vice President Mike Pence over the matter at a party lunch last week, Republican senators said. Though both sides deemed it cordial afterward, Paul made an explicit case that his party was risking its claim to the political high ground on issues of constitutional consistency, and Pence pushed back against Paul’s complaints.

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Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Thom Tillis of North Carolina also support the disapproval resolution.

On Sunday, other Republicans demonstrated the pointed disagreement within the party over whether to oppose Trump on a decision they would have blasted President Barack Obama for executing. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said on CNN that it was a “specious argument” for the GOP to argue that a future Democratic president could use Trump’s precedent to declare emergencies for liberal priorities.

“I don’t think that the president doing this is going to end Western order,” Kennedy said. “The sun will come up the next morning. I do think he is probably rethinking the situation.”

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who is aligned with the libertarian-leaning Paul on many issues, disagreed sharply on the same program.

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