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 TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district 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 SchumerChuck SchumerLawmakers push Trump to restore full funding for National Guards responding to pandemic Bipartisan senators ask congressional leadership to extend census deadline Lawmakers of color urge Democratic leadership to protect underserved communities in coronavirus talks 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 GrahamHillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick Republicans set sights on FBI chief as Russia probe investigations ramp up The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement 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."