Trump claims emergency declaration vote not about ‘constitutionality’

Trump claims emergency declaration vote not about ‘constitutionality’

Trump addresses reporters in the Rose Garden. 1/4/19 (TMN photo)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is urging Republican senators to oppose a resolution aimed at overruling his emergency declaration along the U.S.-Mexico border, tweeting Wednesday that the issue is not really about “constitutionality or precedent.”

The Senate is expected to vote on a measure to block the emergency declaration next week, one that would counter Trump’s claim that he can use his executive authority to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border without Congressional approval.

Four Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Arkansas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Thom Tillis of North Carolina have signaled that they will vote against the declaration.

Following a House vote to block the declaration last month, Trump will be required to use his veto power for the first time since he assumed the presidency.

Trump’s tweet marks the latest step in an emerging pressure campaign against Republican lawmakers.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News on Wednesday that lawmakers put the president in this position in the first place by being unable to secure funding for a border wall.

On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence said that “any vote against the President’s national emergency declaration is a vote against border security.”

“We call on every member of the Senate … to stand for border security, stand with President Trump, and uphold the President’s call for a national emergency and additional resources to secure our border,” Pence said following a tour of a DEA facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

When pressed Wednesday on the prospects of the declaration faltering in Congress, Trump largely demurred.

“We’ll have to see how the vote goes,” Trump said during remarks from the Oval Office.

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