Donald Trump Urges Senators to Stay 'Strong and Smart' on Border Wall

Former US security officials to oppose emergency declaration

Former Senior National Security Officials to Rebuke Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

"I would vote in favor of the resolution disapproving of the president's national-emergency declaration, if and when it comes before the Senate", he concluded the column after laying out his support for Mr. Trump's border-security agenda in general and criticizing Democrats' obstructionism on the matter. Susan Collins, the other Republican who has promised a no vote.

While Democrats tried to focus on the constitutional issues at stake in Trump using an emergency declaration to get border-wall money denied by Congress, Republicans trained their arguments on what they called dire conditions along the border that necessitated Trump's move. Chuck Hagel was one of the Republican signers of the letter, but he also served as secretary of defense under the Obama administration. In doing so, the spending bill earmarked only $1.7 billion for barriers along the southern border, much less than the $5.7 billion Trump had asked for.

Their joint statement will reportedly say "there is no factual basis" for an emergency at the US-Mexico border.

He warns fellow Republicans that Democrats could very easily turn around and cite Trump to declare national emergencies the next time a Democrat is president.

"Should a genuine foreign crisis erupt, this lack of credibility will materially weaken this administration's ability to marshal allies to support the United States, and will embolden adversaries to oppose us", the letter continues.

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The former officials in the statement said that the president's action is unprecedented, CNN reported.

EL PASO, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 12: People work on the U.S./ Mexican border wall on February 12, 2019 in El Paso, Texas.

"Under no plausible assessment of the evidence is there a national emergency today that entitles the president to tap into funds appropriated for other purposes to build a wall at the southern border", the statement reads.

If that measure passes the House and the Senate, Trump has vowed to use the first veto of his presidency in an effort to block it.

While Republicans control the Senate 53-47, it seems likely there would be enough GOP defectors for the measure to win initial approval there.

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