GOP senator: Some of Trump's 'strongest supporters' are 'troubled' by emergency declaration

GOP senator: Some of Trump's 'strongest supporters' are 'troubled' by emergency declaration
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight 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 Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families MORE (R-Maine) on Thursday said that she expects a number of Republican senators to vote to approve a resolution to block 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's emergency declaration to secure funding for a border wall.

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"I haven’t taken a count, but I can tell you from talking with my colleagues that many are troubled, even those who are the strongest supporters of the president and his views on border security," Collins said on CNN's "New Day."

Collins pushed back on Trump's tweet a day earlier in which he argued the looming Senate vote to rebuke his emergency declaration was about border security, not precedent or constitutionality.

"I don’t see it as being what this vote is about," the Maine moderate said. "I support stronger border security, including a wall where it makes sense along the border, but what this debate is about is whether the president of the United States can take billions of dollars that have been appropriated that he has signed into law, and then repurpose them for other projects."


Collins is one of four GOP senators who has publicly said they will vote for a resolution to terminate Trump's emergency declaration and others have taken up an effort to persuade the president to back off the move amid widespread concerns. 

The House already passed a resolution to block the emergency declaration, and the Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure next week. Trump has said he will veto the resolution if it reaches his desk.

Collins said Thursday that she believes there's a humanitarian crisis at the border that requires action, but the president would be better off trying to work with Congress to submit a supplemental appropriation.

"I’ve supported billions of dollars to help deal with that humanitarian crisis to put up physical barriers, to increase technology, to have more personnel and roads through remote areas," she said. "We need an all of the above approach and we need to the be guided by the experts at the DHS. But still, that doesn’t change the fact of the separation of powers under the Constitution, and that’s what I’m concerned about."