Trump vows to veto resolution terminating his national emergency declaration

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By Allan Smith

President Donald Trump on Thursday pledged to veto a resolution that would terminate his national emergency declaration just hours before the Senate is set for a showdown vote on the measure.

“A big National Emergency vote today by The United States Senate on Border Security & the Wall (which is already under major construction),” Trump wrote. “I am prepared to veto, if necessary. The Southern Border is a National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare, but it can be easily fixed!”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, on Wednesday became the fifth Republican to declare support for the House-passed Democratic resolution to cancel Trump’s national emergency declaration — which the president wants to use to pay for a border wall Congress has refused to fund.

Trump tweeted again later Thursday morning, urging GOP lawmakers to stick with him.

“Prominent legal scholars agree that our actions to address the National Emergency at the Southern Border and to protect the American people are both CONSTITUTIONAL and EXPRESSLY authorized by Congress,” Trump said on Twitter. “If, at a later date, Congress wants to update the law, I will support those efforts, but today’s issue is BORDER SECURITY and Crime!!! Don’t vote with Pelosi!”

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After four GOP senators announced that they would back the resolution — Rand Paul of Kentucky, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine — Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., last week conceded that it would pass.

Should Trump veto the measure, it is unlikely that Congress would be able to overturn it.

Trump declared the national emergency weeks after the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, lasting more than a month, which followed Congress’ refusal to acquiesce to his demand for more than $5 billion in funding to build a massive wall along the southern border with Mexico. Trump used the emergency declaration in hopes of redirecting billions of federal dollars to build the wall without congressional approval.

“Republican Senators are overthinking tomorrow’s vote on National Emergency,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “It is very simply Border Security/No Crime – Should not be thought of any other way. We have a MAJOR NATIONAL EMERGENCY at our Border and the People of our Country know it very well!”

Later Thursday morning, Trump tweeted that Democrats were “‘Border Deniers.'”

“They refuse to see or acknowledge the Death, Crime, Drugs and Human Trafficking at our Southern Border!” he wrote.

Allan Smith