- The Washington Times - Friday, March 15, 2019

President Trump thanked the Republicans who backed him this week on his border emergency wall-building declaration, saying Friday they’ll be heroes in their home states.

The Senate ultimately passed a measure overturning the declaration, but 41 Republicans backed Mr. Trump — more than enough to sustain his expected veto. There were also more than enough Republicans in the House to sustain the veto.

“I’d like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Border Security and the WALL,” Mr. Trump said, taking his unique syntax style to his favorite platform of Twitter.

“Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!” he told senators.

The president’s political opponents are predicting just the opposite.

America’s Voice, an immigrant-rights group, pointed to editorials in places such as Colorado, where the Denver Post recanted its 2014 endorsement of Sen. Cory Gardner over his vote to back Mr. Trump.

Political analysts say more than Mr. Trump’s praise, they’re watching to see whether his wrath strikes any of the dozen Senate Republicans who voted with Democrats to defy him.

Of the 12, only one — Sen. Susan Collins — is seeking re-election next year.

One Republican who is facing re-election, Sen. Thom Tillis, was one of the first to say last month that he opposed what the president was doing with his emergency declaration.

But in Thursday’s vote he ended up backing Mr. Trump.

In a statement he said he’d been swayed by conversations with Vice President Mike Pence and top White House officials, and a vow to rein in emergency powers in the future.

“While the Trump administration is working in good-faith with Congress to amend the National Emergencies Act, Democratic leaders have outright rejected attempts to do so, in addition to calling the dire situation at the southern border a ‘manufactured crisis,’” Mr. Tillis said.

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