Nancy Pelosi: Trump ‘Has Decided to be in Defiance of the Constitution'

By Staff | March 21, 2019 | 4:05pm EDT
President Trump greets Speaker Pelosi at the Friends of Ireland Luncheon at the Capitol, March 14, 2019. (Getty Images/Olivier Douliery-Pool)

( - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said at a press conference in New York City on Wednesday that President Donald Trump is “in defiance of the Constitution” with his move to declare a national emergency in order to fund construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Pelosi indicated that the House will vote on March 26 to try to override Trump’s veto of the resolution that Congress passed last week disapproving of the president’s national emergency declaration. Pelosi conceded that the House probably did not have the votes to override Trump’s veto but that the vote would demonstrate where Congress stands on the issue as it heads into the courts.

“We established March 26th as the date we would vote to override the president’s veto,” Pelosi said.

“Whether we can succeed with the number of votes is not the point,” she said.

“We are establishing the intent of Congress,” Pelosi continued. “The president has--we are Article I, the first branch of government, the Legislative Branch--the president has decided to be in defiance of the Constitution, to deface it with his actions.

“Both Houses of Congress, in a bipartisan way, sent him a bill that said this is how we’ll address border security,” Pelosi said, referring to the appropriations bill that did not include the wall funding Trump wanted.

“He had to sign the bill to keep government open,” Pelosi said.

“He defied the Constitution with his action,” she said. “Congress has overridden that. He did veto it, but we’ll, this--Establishing the intent of Congress will help us in the court of law and in the court of public opinion.

“Twelve Republican Senators said no to the president when he wanted to usurp the Constitution of the United States,” she said.

“So, we didn’t have it this week because we’re in district work period this week. As soon as we go back on Tuesday, we will bring up that legislation,” she said.


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