Mr. Cruz initiated the meeting, in a courtesy of Mr. Trump on his own behalf of the emergency declaration. Mr. Trump summoned a lawyer from the White House Counsel's Office, who said the plan would strip the president of powers he currently possesses. "No way," an annoyed Mr. Trump told the trio,
"I said there's some people wanting to talk to you, they have some concerns about the emergency declaration," Mr Graham said. Trump and voted against the resolution.
Mr. Graham, along with other lawmakers supportive of the declaration, argued that the president's declaration was within the jurisdiction of the National Emergencies Act, and what he needed to address was the president and his supporters of the crisis in the southwestern border.
Mr. Republican aides and lawmakers.
Mr. Trump, urging them to vote according to their consciences and political interests.
At a party lunch in early march, the leader canvassed his conference and found virtually no support for the president's position – then he informed senators running for re-election that they were free to vote "the politics" if they chose, according to a person in attendance.
Mr. Trump against enacting the emergency declaration in the first place.