South Carolina Senator. Lindsey Graham called Trump while he was driving in Pennsylvania Avenue to tell him that he, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, were out and about. Graham told the group "Crashed for dinner yesterday" and he made it clear that if the president backed a proposal by Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee to limit the length of national emergency declarations, Republican spills would be "dramatically" minimized
The trio had made an unsuccessful attempt to get in touch with Trump earlier this afternoon, but the White House staff said it was too late and did not make sense to bring it, Trump had already told the staff that he resigned with the issuance of his first veto after it became clear that enough republicans would support the measure to repeal the declaration.
Legislators were in a difficult situation: breaking with the president or voting against something they agree with, they wanted some sort of agreement if Trump was on Thursday If the measure were correct, then Trump would no longer exploit his leadership in the future.
So they showed up at the White House unprompted while Trump had dinner. Sources told CNN that the meeting quickly went downhill when Trump became frustrated when he tried to limit his ability to explain national emergencies in the future. A white house lawyer was called in to point out problems with the idea and explain why this does not work for the White House, according to one source. The general assembly itself, according to the source, is "simply unproductive".
The White House assistants are now embarrassed when the Senate votes on the resolution to overthrow their chief's urgency statement. Despite the print campaign they did last week, Trump's top advisers say 1
Graham told reporters on Thursday that the president had listened carefully during their meeting.
"I said I do not expect you to give up the powers of the President that you consider necessary, but if you could find a way to bridge the gap here prospectively, it would be in the best interest of all," Graham said :
"We'll see what happens," Graham added. "It can bear fruit."
Although Trump invited to lunch in the Republican Senate on Wednesday to make it known by radio that he would not support a proposal to limit future national emergency declarations to 30 days, he appeared on Twitter Thursday to reverse the course.
"Prominent lawyers agree that our measures to address the national emergency on the southern border and protect the American people are explicitly approved by both the CONSTITUTIONAL and the Congress," wrote Trump. "… If Congress wishes to update the law at a later date, I will support this effort, but today's edition is ELDER SECURITY and Crime! Do not Agree with Pelosi!"
The Senate Republicans were surprised by Trump's tweet that he would support future changes to limit his authority to national emergencies, several Senate advisers said, but this is unlikely to affect the final vote count.
"Too little, too late," said a senior GOP staff member. It may affect some native senators, but it is expected that the solution will go through a series of GOP defects. Shortly after the president's tweet, Utah told Sen. Mitt Romney that he would support the resolution to end the national emergency. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander then took the floor and called Trump's statement "incompatible with the United States Constitution, for whose support and defense I sworn an oath." Later, an adviser told him to back up CNN that he would also support the resolution to end the national emergency declaration.
While Trump is ready to veto, he now focuses on limiting the margin that the bill will pass. Trump hopes that the number of "yes" votes is less than 60, helpers say. A symbolic margin that he believes would save her some embarrassment, though he still has to use his veto pen.
In internal talks, Trump has characterized the vote as a Loyalty Test, although some of those who say they will vote for it, including Lee and the Republican Senator. Rand Paul from Kentucky, have proven in the past as allies in other issues. Even as his employees focused on tackling the Boeing aircraft crisis on Wednesday, Trump himself was still busy with the upcoming vote, according to the people who had spoken to him.
He fired tweets. He has appealed directly to the legislature. And senators who attended a Wednesday meeting to trade also heard Trump's offer on the national emergency, although he had already agreed that the vote would probably pass.
This story was supplemented on Thursday with further developments
Kevin Liptak, Sunlen Serfaty and Lauren Fox of CNN contributed to this report.