Trump pressures GOP senators ahead of emergency declaration vote: 'Be strong and smart'

Trump pressures GOP senators ahead of emergency declaration vote: 'Be strong and smart'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE on Monday put pressure on GOP senators ahead of a vote on his national emergency declaration, urging them to be "strong and smart" and avoid falling into "the Democrats 'trap.' "

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"I hope our great Republican Senators don’t get led down the path of weak and ineffective Border Security," the president wrote in a tweet.

"Without strong Borders, we don’t have a Country - and the voters are on board with us. Be strong and smart, don’t fall into the Democrats 'trap' of Open Borders and Crime!"

Trump earlier this month declared a national emergency to divert funds from various agencies to use to construct his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico Border. The move came after the president signed a spending bill that fell well short of offering the $5.7 billion he had been demanding.

The House is expected to vote on a resolution on Tuesday that would block the declaration.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHealth care workers account for 20 percent of Iowa coronavirus cases Pressure mounts on Congress for quick action with next coronavirus bill Schumer names coronavirus czar candidates in plea to White House MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a Thursday statement that Senate Democrats would introduce a companion resolution "soon." Democrats would need to win over four Republicans to get the necessary votes to block the move, but it would face a veto from Trump.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill UN biodiversity chief calls for international ban of 'wet markets' Graham asks colleagues to support call for China to close wet markets MORE (R-S.C.) said Friday that he expects a "handful" of Republicans to back the measure, but not enough to overturn a veto.

Trump said Friday that he would veto the measure if it reaches his desk. 

"Will I veto it? 100 percent. 100 percent," he said. "And I don't think it survives a veto."