A former Republican congressman said President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration left Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell eating a "manure sandwich".
"You are watching Mitch McConnell eating a manure sandwich throughout this process," Mike Rogers, former chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said Friday during a keynote address at CNN.
"You can see, in the manners, in the language of the body, in the very language, of Mitch McConnell … He is where he stands because he thought it would be appropriate to to ensure that the government is not dismantled. "
McConnell said Thursday that Trump would sign a $ 1.375 billion bipartite bill on border security spending, while declaring a national emergency.
The majority leader in the Senate had previously warned Trump on the declaration of a national emergency to access funds for the construction of a border wall, according to the newspaper. The Washington Post. On Thursday, Kentucky lawmakers said it would support the national emergency declaration.
Asset aannounced the national emergency in a long speech filled with false statements Friday. The president challenged the government's evidence that the majority of drugs arrive at the country through entry points and falsely stated that drug traffickers "are not sanctioned with a fine".
He stated that he had arrested the "massacre" of 3 million people in Syria and promoted a Nobel Peace Prize.
The president will receive $ 600 million from the Treasury Department and more than $ 6 billion from the Department of Defense, according to White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney. L & # 39; Atlantic reported.
The statement faced a fierce reaction from Democrats.
On Thursday, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that a Democratic president could declare a national emergency on gun violence in the future.
"Do you want to talk about a national emergency? Let's talk today, the one year anniversary of another outbreak of the gun violence epidemic in America" Pelosi said at a press conference. "A Democratic president can also declare a national emergency.The precedent that the president sets here is something that should cause the greatest discomfort and disarray of Republicans."
The House Democrats, who called the declaration of abuse of constitutional power, announced that they would introduce a bill to block Trump's statement.
The measure could pass in the Senate if the Republicans who opposed the Trump declaration decide to vote with the Democrats.