Sen. Rand Paul has made known that he does not plan to support President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration. After standing behind Trump for so long, Paul now wants to explain his decision.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported that during a Kentucky event Paul stated, “I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress.”
He would continued to note that, “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.”
In an op-ed to Fox News, Paul further justified that supporting Trump’s declaration when he opposed the executive orders of former President Obama would endanger his “political soul.”
“Every single Republican I know decried President Obama’s use of executive power to legislate. We were right then,” Paul wrote. “But the only way to be an honest officeholder is to stand up for the same principles no matter who is in power.”