Trump says he'll '100 percent' veto measure blocking emergency declaration

Trump says he'll '100 percent' veto measure blocking emergency declaration
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE said Friday that he will veto a resolution brought by House Democrats in an attempt to counter his national emergency declaration over illegal border crossings.

The president told reporters Friday afternoon that he will "100 percent" veto the resolution if it manages to pass both the Democratic-held House and GOP-led Senate, though he expressed confidence that Republican senators would continue to support him in his declaration.

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"Will I veto it? 100 percent. 100 percent. And I don't think it survives a veto. We have too many smart people that want border security, so I can't imagine if it survives a veto, but i will veto it. Yes," Trump told reporters.

Pressed on whether congressional Republicans would stand firm in their support for him, Trump expressed confidence, saying "I think they'll stick."

"Everybody knows we need border security. We need a wall. I think it's a very bad subject for the Democrats," he said.

Democrats introduced the resolution in the House on Friday. The measure is expected to pass the House, but will need to win GOP support to get through the Senate.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE (D-Calif.) urged Democrats to sign on to the resolution in a letter. The measure's text states that Trump's declaration of an emergency over border crossings is "hereby terminated."

"President Trump’s emergency declaration proclamation undermines the separation of powers and Congress’s power of the purse, a power exclusively reserved by the text of the Constitution to the first branch of government, the Legislative branch, a branch co-equal to the Executive," she wrote on Wednesday.

While Republicans control the Senate, several GOP senators have expressed reservations about Trump's national emergency declaration.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Memo: Toxic 2020 is unavoidable conclusion from Trump tweets GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE (R-S.C.) predicted on Friday that a "handful" of Republicans would back a resolution to block Trump's emergency declaration to construct his long-desired U.S.-Mexico border wall.

"A handful. … [But] there will be enough [left] to sustain a veto," Graham told Fox News.