The 12 Senate Republicans who joined Democrats on Thursday in blocking President Trump’s national emergency declaration might not be able to override what's expected to be Trump's first veto since taking office, but their show of opposition to the president remains significant, Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York argued.
The president's call for action at the U.S.-Mexico border went down in defeat, 59-41, as Republicans senators including Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Susan Collins and Mitt Romney said no to a plan that included spending about $8 billion on a border wall.
During Thursday's "Special Report" All-Star panel, York -- along with USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page and Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti -- weighed in on the fallout from the vote and what's next for Trump’s proposal.
“That is the biggest rejection, the biggest Republican rejection we’ve seen of the president so far in this presidency.
Page pointed out that of the 10 Republicans who are up for reelection in 2020, only one -- Collins of Maine -- voted against Trump, and that Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., who wrote an op-ed opposing the declaration, ultimately “flipped” and voted with the president.