‘A recipe for disaster’? Trump’s border emergency drags the GOP into a risky fight ahead of 2020.

MSN | 2/16/2019 | Rachael Bade, Sean Sullivan, Josh Dawsey
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© Jonathan Ernst/Reuters U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) arrives Feb. 7 on Capitol Hill. McConnell spent weeks warning against a national emergency only to declare his support for the move this week.

President Trump’s decision to unilaterally attempt to build his promised wall at the Mexico border is pulling his party into a tailspin of drama and unease — a move that could help his own 2020 reelection effort even at the expense of fellow Republicans, numerous GOP officials said on Friday.

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Trump’s bid to circumvent Congress puts GOP lawmakers — including many vulnerable senators up for reelection in the next cycle — in the position of having to choose between their party’s leader and their self-described opposition to executive overreach.

If they back Trump’s emergency declaration, many lawmakers worry, they will be greenlighting a White House power grab that infringes on Congress’s constitutional power over spending. But if they oppose it, they risk attracting the wrath of Trump’s political base — and perhaps a primary challenge.

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It is also unclear whether even the most vocal GOP critics of Trump’s move will actually vote to disapprove of his emergency declaration, and few were willing to address the issue on Friday. According to one White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to comment publicly, administration aides have urged lawmakers to keep their powder dry for now rather than stating how they’d vote publicly.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — who spent weeks warning against a national emergency only to declare his support for the move this week — issued a noncommittal statement Friday blaming Democrats for the border impasse but offering no opinion on Trump’s formal declaration.

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Looming above it all is the possibility of an epic constitutional standoff between the White House and Congress that...
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