Rep. Louie Gohmert said the 12 Senate Republicans who joined Democrats on Thursday in blocking President Trump’s national emergency declaration sent the wrong message to Americans.

The president's call for action at the U.S.-Mexico border went down in defeat, 59-41, as Republican senators including Patrick Toomey (Pa.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Mitt Romney (Utah) said no to a plan that included spending about $8 billion on a border wall.

The president subsequently made his intentions clear, tweeting "VETO!" moments after the resolution cleared Congress.

On "Fox & Friends First" Friday, Gohmert (R-Texas) noted that the Republicans who opposed Trump's declaration received praise from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

"When Chuck Schumer is telling you you did a great job, then you really messed up pretty badly," Gohmert said. "This is a big deal, and I deeply regret that the signal to America is the president doesn't have 12 Republicans' support."

He said some of those lawmakers are "very dear friends" of his and "people of principle," but he said the situation at the southern border is a "true national emergency."

He argued that Trump, as commander-in-chief, has the constitutional authority to use executive power to address the crisis.

As for Trump's plan to use his first veto since taking office, Gohmert noted that recent presidents issued multiple vetoes.

Gohmert explained that the House and Senate would each need a two-thirds majority to vote in favor of overriding the veto, which he predicted will not happen.

"It will not get to the Senate, and those 12 [Republicans] will not have a chance to change their position to send word to their constituents that they do support what the president's trying to do here."

Watch the "Fox & Friends First" interview above.


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