Trump Urges GOP Sens. to Be ‘Strong and Smart’ on Nat’l Emergency Support

‘I don’t think it survives a veto…’

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) President Donald Trump on Twitter Monday urged GOP senators to be “strong and smart” ahead of their vote on his national emergency declaration, as debate over the controversial move continues.

Earlier this month, Trump declared a state of national emergency to re-allocate funds from various government agencies to the construction of a wall on the U.S.–Mexico border.

The Democrat-controlled House will vote on a likely symbolic resolution to block the declaration on Tuesday.

Democrats in the Senate will introduce a similar resolution “soon,” according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Trump has promised to veto the legislation, meaning either bill would require a two-thirds majority from both chambers to override his legislative check.

That would take the support of about a quarter of the 198 Republicans currently in the House and at least 19 Republican senators—assuming it receives the support of all Democrat and Independent legislators.

Some Senate Republicans have faced outside pressure to reject Trump’s move.

Nearly two dozen former Republican members of Congress wrote an open letter to GOP lawmakers, urging them to join the Democrats and reject the president’s attempt to undermine the “constitutional model.”

Trump Urges GOP Senators to Be 'Strong and Smart' on National Emergency Declaration

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in El Paso, Texas, while seeking to win support for his proposed border wall. / IMAGE: CBS News via Youtube

“There is no way around this difficulty: what powers are ceded to a president whose policies you support may also be used by presidents whose policies you abhor,” the former lawmakers wrote in the letter, obtained by Politico.

They asked congressional Republicans to “pass a joint resolution terminating the emergency declared by the President,” urging them to “exercise restraint to protect the constitutional model … and to keep it from being sacrificed on the altar of expediency.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believes a handful of Republicans will back the Democrats’ measure, but not enough to overturn a veto.

“Will I veto it? 100 percent,” Trump said of the resolution. “And I don’t think it survives a veto.”