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House GOP Backs Trump On National Emergency Declaration

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

House Republican leaders are staunchly backing President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency ahead of a possible vote to rebuke the action.

“We will uphold him,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy declared. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise similarly declared that “ultimately we are going to stand with president to make sure we can secure border.”

McCarthy and Scalise’s statements come hours ahead of a Democratic push to vote on a disapproval resolution on Trump’s national emergency declaration. The measure is expected to pass the House of Representatives with Democratic support. Only one GOP congressman has publicly said he will vote for the resolution, libertarian Justin Amash, a Republican from Michigan.

Trump issued a plea to Republican members of Congress to support his national emergency declaration while en route to Hanoi, Vietnam for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The disapproval resolution will then make its way to the U.S. Senate where two Republican senators have already said they will vote for it. Maine Sen. Susan Collins and North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis said they will join Democratic ranks to oppose the national emergency declaration on constitutional grounds.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., questions Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018. Tom Williams/Pool via REUTERS

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., questions Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018. Tom Williams/Pool via REUTERS

“There is no intellectual honesty in now turning around and arguing that there’s an imaginary asterisk attached to executive overreach — that it’s acceptable for my party but not thy party,” Tillis declared in a Washington Post op-ed. (RELATED: Trump Was Sued Over His National Emergency Declaration In Less Than Six Hours)

Regardless of whether the measure does garner enough votes in the Senate, Trump declared intention to issue a veto. “Will I veto it? 100 percent,” he declared Friday.