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 TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation 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 PelosiTrump knocks testimony from 'Never Trumpers' at Louisiana rally Jordan calls Pelosi accusing Trump of bribery 'ridiculous' USMCA deal close, but not 'imminent,' Democrats say 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 GrahamGOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse Johnson opens door to subpoenaing whistleblower, Schiff, Bidens Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families 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.