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15.02.2019

* Erica Werner, Damian Paletta, Seung Min Kim, and Rachael Bade report that Republicans are mixed in their reaction to Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to build his wall, with Mitch McConnell publicly backing the president but privately worried about where this is going:

The House could pass a disapproval resolution to overturn the emergency declaration, and McConnell would be forced to put it on the Senate floor, an outcome the majority leader had hoped to avoid. McConnell had cautioned Trump privately about the scenario.

Senate Republicans were mixed on the looming emergency declaration from Trump.

“I’m not concerned because I think the president is on the right track to secure the border,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the chairman of the Appropriations Committee and one of the lawmakers who negotiated the border compromise. “I think the president’s on pretty solid ground.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) criticized the spending deal as “massive, bloated [and] secretive” and called the emergency declaration “extraconstitutional.”

“I, too, want stronger border security, including a wall in some areas. But how we do things matters,” Paul said in a........

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