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Trump will '100 percent' overrule Congress if they try to block national emergency declaration


'We have too many smart people that want border security'

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President Donald Trump cleared up any uncertainty Friday about whether he would veto a congressional resolution to block his national emergency declaration to fund border wall construction, according to The Hill.

"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 said.

The resolution originated with House Democrats, and is likely to pass the Democratic-controlled chamber. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is bringing it to the Senate, where it has a chance to pass with some Republicans not favoring the national emergency. But, nothing is certain.

Trump believes Senate Republicans will stick with him.

"I think they'll stick," Trump said. "Everybody knows we need border security. We need a wall. I think it's a very bad subject for the Democrats."

As it turns out, though, it likely doesn't matter whether the resolution passes or not. If it passes, Trump will veto it. Then it would take congressional supermajorities in both chambers in order to override the veto. Controversial as the national emergency declaration is, there is certainly not enough support for the resolution right now in the Senate to override a veto.

It's not even clear whether the resolution has the necessary Republican support to pass its first Senate vote. All 47 Democrats could vote for the resolution to block the national emergency declaration, and still four Republicans would have to do the same.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said there are a "handful" of Republican senators who will support the resolution, but not enough to override the veto. So far, only Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has publicly supported the resolution among Republicans.

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