Mr. Cruz started the meeting, hoping to sell Mr. Trump for his rewrite of the emergency declaration law that would limit funding from military sources, according to a senior Republican assistant with direct knowledge of the proposal. Mr. Trump has summoned a lawyer from the White House Council Office, who said the plan would deprive the president of the powers he currently holds. "Nothing to do", said the trump annoyed to the trio, according to a person with knowledge of the exchange.
"I said there are some people who want to talk to you, they have some concerns about the emergency declaration," Mr. Graham said. "Hell, if I were him, he would have told me to go to hell."
Mr. Graham, along with other MPs who support the statement, argued that the president's statement was within the jurisdiction of the National Emergencies Act, and was necessary to address what the president and his supporters believe is a crisis on the southern border -occidentale.
"I take the prerogative of the Congress on appropriations very seriously," said Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader. "But," he added, "the Senate should not be concerned with abusing specific resolutions to express opinions on more general issues." Mr. Trump, in Mar-a-Lago, told an associate that he felt disappointed with poor support for him among Republican leaders.
Mr. McConnell, who strongly advised Mr. Trump to declare the emergency declaration, put pressure on not putting pressure on the senators to support Trump, urging them to vote according to conscience and political interests, according to seven Republican aides and legislators.
At a party dinner at the beginning of March, the leader probed his conference and practically did not support the president's position, then informed the senators who were candidates for re-election who were free to vote " politics "if they chose, according to one person
He also repeatedly told the senators that he had warned against Mr. Trump against the emanation of the emergency declaration in the first place.