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PoliticsWhy Trump didn’t stop a GOP revolt on his border emergency

01:15  15 march  2019
01:15  15 march  2019 Source:   politico.com

Trump tells Republicans to ‘stay united’ in face of push to nix border emergency declaration

Trump tells Republicans to ‘stay united’ in face of push to nix border emergency declaration President Trump on Wednesday urged fellow Republicans to “stay united” in the face of a Democrat-led effort to nix his declaration of a national emergency at the border. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); “Senate Republicans are not voting on constitutionality or precedent, they are voting on desperately needed Border Security & the Wall,” he tweeted. "Our Country is being invaded with Drugs, Human Traffickers, & Criminals of all shapes and sizes.

President Trump declared a national emergency to free up funding for his border wall between the U.S and Mexico. But declaring a national emergency isn’ t new -- in fact, the use of emergency powers is older than the country itself. USA TODAY, Just the FAQs.

President Donald Trump ’s laid-back reaction to an internal rebellion against his move to redirect billions in military construction funds for his border And even though the president could face a sizable GOP revolt , he appears comfortable pitting himself against Senate Democrats and a bloc of his own party.

Why Trump didn’t stop a GOP revolt on his border emergency© Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images The Republican revolt on the Senate floor followed a haphazard and erratic persuasion effort from President Donald Trump.

On Thursday morning, Donald Trump sent out a pointed missive ahead of the Senate’s vote to block his emergency declaration: “A vote for today’s resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!“

Soon after, White House aides began blasting the tweet to GOP senators by text message to remind them of how the president viewed the impending vote, according to senators and aides who received the messages.

White House pressures Senate GOP to back Trump's emergency declaration

White House pressures Senate GOP to back Trump's emergency declaration The White House on Wednesday chastised Senate Republicans who are considering joining Democrats to block President Trump's emergency declaration to secure funding for a wall along the southern border. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed Republicans to "do your job" ahead of a looming vote on a resolution that would terminate the president's emergency and set Trump up to issue the first veto of his presidency and blamed lawmaker s for failing to invest in border security. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Opposition to declaring a national emergency over the border came from a surprising source: prominent conservatives who support Trump . They feared the expansive move in presidential powers that such a declaration would represent was simply too much to bear — after all, Democrats are

Despite his clear opposition to Trump ’s national emergency declaration, Alexander deemed the looming vote on disapproval a hypothetical, since Trump could withdraw it or the House-passed resolution could be amended. Under current law, the House measure will come up by mid-March, and

The last-minute lobbying did little to quell a Republican rebellion that eventually arrived in eye-popping numbers: a full dozen GOP senators joining Democrats in voting to overturn Trump’s unilateral move to fund his border wall.

It didn’t have to be that way, Republicans say, especially if Trump had engaged more consistently with senators and made a relatively modest agreement to change the National Emergencies Act to rein in presidential power.

It was also a reminder that White House aides have long acknowledged the futility of speaking for or negotiating on the president’s behalf, a position they are now openly conveying to lawmakers: passing along his tweets rather than attempting to twist arms or hash out a compromise themselves.

Lee, fifth GOP senator, to vote against Trump's border declaration

Lee, fifth GOP senator, to vote against Trump's border declaration GOP Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) says he will vote for a resolution disapproving of President Trump's national emergency declaration on the southern border, becoming the fifth Senate Republican to announce his support for the measure. Republicans control 53 seats and all Democrats are expected to vote for the disapproval resolution, which means it has enough votes to pass the Senate. Lee announced his support after talks with the White House collapsed Wednesday afternoon. Lee and a group of other GOP senators including Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C.

The only reason for Trump to continue to hold off would be if he had deep civic misgivings about executive overreach or the precedent this would set for his successors, which — c’mon. There’s nothing holding him back. Yet, as I write this at 10:45 ET, all’s quiet on the emergency front.

Trump declared a national emergency to get his border wall built. He claimed the measure was needed to stop an “invasion” of people, gangs, and drugs. Trump invoking emergency powers is indicative of how far he’ll go to appease his base — Trump is so hell-bent on his wall, it seems he’ll

“He quite possibly could have gotten 50 senators voting no,” said Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who led the failed effort to get Trump to agree to changes to the 1976 National Emergencies Act in exchange for his support.

The Republican revolt on the Senate floor followed a haphazard and erratic persuasion effort from Trump that offers a vivid encapsulation of how this White House has struggled to influence Congress.

In the days leading up to the vote, the president initially made few moves to try to stem GOP defections.

Trump told senators that he knew they wouldn’t be able to override his veto and appeared to see little upside to cutting a deal on his signature issue. He made little effort to whip wavering GOP senators during a Wednesday afternoon meeting on trade, and said they could vote however they pleased.

Yet by Wednesday evening he had grown disturbed by the brewing condemnation from his own party.

Trump vows veto ahead of Senate vote on emergency declaration

Trump vows veto ahead of Senate vote on emergency declaration President Trump said Thursday that he is "prepared to veto" a Senate resolution blocking his declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the Mexican border. The Democratic measure is expected to pass the GOP-controlled Senate later in the day. 

A possible border -security agreement doesn' t mean the President won' t end up declaring a national emergency to secure the kind of money he really wants to build There, Republicans would be forced into either supporting a national emergency or rebuking a GOP president on his signature issue.

With the partial U.S. federal government shutdown lurching into a third week, the White House's Director of Strategic Communications is urging affected workers to call Democrats. (Jan. 7) AP.

That night, GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska arrived at the White House virtually unannounced but eager to discuss the impending vote and find a way for them to vote against the resolution. The senators, who gave little advance notice of their intention to drop in on the president, found him having dinner in the White House dining room.

“They called to say they were on their way and insisting to see the president,” said a senior White House aide. A second West Wing official complained about “trespassers” in the White House.

Deputy White House counsel Pat Philbin and legislative affairs chief Shahira Knight were summoned to meet with the president and the senatorial trio, but the discussion did not yield a solution to the broader standoff between the GOP and Trump. In fact, Knight told colleagues that the impromptu meeting “probably did more harm than good” because the dinner-crashing senators irritated the president and weren’t completely unified in the views they presented.

The GOP senators later told their colleagues that Trump had grown angrier about the upcoming vote since the afternoon when his relaxed demeanor surprised senators who had met with him. All three voted with Trump, but nearly a quarter of their colleagues disagreed with them,

Trump vows to veto resolution terminating his national emergency declaration

Trump vows to veto resolution terminating his national emergency declaration Hours before the crucial vote, the president tweeted, "The Southern Border is a National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare, but it can be easily fixed!" After Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, on Wednesday announced support for the House-passed 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 — five Republicans have publicly declared they will vote in favor of the Democratic measure. As of last week, GOP Sens.

President Trump declared a national emergency to free up funding for his border wall between the U.S and Mexico. GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington said she was “100 percent in favor of President Trump ’s wall" but Congress shouldn' t give up its power delegated by the Constitution.

He warned Trump that such a declaration might split the GOP and that Congress could pass a resolution opposing it, two Republican sources In such a situation Trump might be forced into the first veto of his presidency — against his own party, McConnell pointed out, according to the sources.

By Thursday morning, Trump had unleashed three tweets urging his party not to vote with Pelosi and making a lukewarm commitment to consider amending the National Emergencies Act.

Republicans that disliked the emergency declaration were framing the disagreement as an epic battle to defend the Constitution and the separation of powers. Trump put things more simply: “Today’s issue is BORDER SECURITY and Crime!!! Don’t vote with Pelosi!”

“A lot of the nuance is going to be lost in all of this. It’s going to be viewed in those sort of stark terms,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who initially expressed concern with the national emergency but ultimately stood with the president. “So that’s something people will have to deal with here depending on their own political calculations.”

“The president sees this vote as a vote on border security. And I can understand his perspective,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.). “But in my opinion, the Republican votes that opposes him are not based on border security. They’re based on separation of powers.”

While Trump tried to persuade senators to stick with him in tweets and in remarks to the news media, he never targeted any lawmaker by name and didn’t appear to be working the phones with particular vigor to change any minds.

Trump tells GOP to back border emergency, but defeat likely

Trump tells GOP to back border emergency, but defeat likely Republican opposition grew Thursday to President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency as the Senate chugged toward a showdown vote,

President Trump ’s threat to declare an emergency because Congress won’t give him Let’s begin with the obvious: There is no illegal immigration emergency ( border crossings have The president has made it plain: The emergency didn ’ t exist when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress.

It is about Border Security and the Wall ( stopping Crime, Drugs etc.), not Constitutionality and Precedent. If Schiff wasn't coaching Cohen on how to go after Trump before his testimony and was just going over procedural issues, why didn ' t he invite GOP staff to sit in on these secret meetings?

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), who eventually sided with the president, said reporters were more interested in learning his position than the White House.

“Y’all were better than they were,” he told reporters on Thursday.

Yet for some, the vote was excruciating.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) trashed the emergency declaration in a Washington Post op-ed last month but began searching for a deal with the White House to reform the national emergency law over the past week.

Ultimately, he voted against the resolution, as did Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who refused to talk about the vote in the days leading up to it. Gardner patted Tillis on the back after his colleague announced his position on the floor; both men are considered vulnerable in their reelection bids next year.

For recently elected senators or those with few fears of immediate political consequences, the vote was much easier.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) never wavered in their support for the resolution. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) told Trump last week that he would vote for it, but kept his decision private for a week to avoid having to back down if the circumstances of the vote changed.

There was some talk among Republicans even this week that Trump might just hold the line.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a frequent swing vote, seemed interested in the broader discussions over the national emergency law despite her previously stated intentions to vote for the disapproval resolution. If they somehow could have gotten Murkowski to flip, limiting the vote to three GOP defections would have allowed Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie and prevent Trump from having to use his veto pen for the first time in his presidency.

GOP senator disinvited to Republican event over vote against Trump's emergency declaration

GOP senator disinvited to Republican event over vote against Trump's emergency declaration A Missouri county GOP committee disinvited Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to a dinner event next month, citing his recent vote against President Trump's emergency declaration to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

One GOP senator, requesting anonymity, even wondered whether Trump had botched his message to McConnell in their private conversation. This senator, like most Republicans, would prefer Trump to stop short of declaring a national emergency and use existing anti-drug corridor laws to fund the

What Trump conveniently didn ’ t include in his tweet was the second part of Smith’s quote. But Trump appears poised to use any means necessary to construct a border wall. It’s not as if declaring a national emergency just occurred to him last week, either.

Pence met privately with Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Tillis and Lee on Tuesday and seemed initially cool to changing the law to limit presidential power. But he grew interested when he was informed that perhaps a deal could prevent the resolution from passing, senators said.

Just 24 hours later, Trump himself removed that possibility by calling Lee and telling him there would be no deal — a surprise to a Senate GOP Conference and some White House officials that thought there was still a way out of the confrontation with the president.

“What I was hoping to do was to persuade the president to adopt a different course … [and] to see if a specific pledge to support Sen. Lee’s bill might be enough to change my vote,” Alexander said. “But neither of those things worked out.”

And as much as the rebuke was a defeat for the president, the eleventh-hour attempts by several Republican senators to strike a deal underscored how many of them view breaking with Trump as politically risky.

Toomey, Lee and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) were among the conservative senators trying to gauge whether a deal with the White House was possible, only to see Trump disinterested in avoiding a clash. They all voted against Trump despite their collective desire for more barriers on the border.

“It’s ironic," Toomey said of his opposition to Trump’s use of the emergency power, "Because I fully support more border construction."

John Bresnahan and Marianne LeVine contributed to this report.

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