McConnell reportedly warned Trump that Congress might nix his border wall emergency declaration

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) cautioned President Trump against declaring a national emergency to obtain funding for border wall construction without congressional support, The Washington Post reported Friday night.

McConnell spoke with Trump at a private meeting at the White House on Tuesday, the Post story says, citing two unnamed Republican sources. The senator reportedly said such a declaration would split the GOP and hurt the president's political fortunes, and that Congress could well pass a resolution opposing the declaration, forcing Trump to choose between accepting the rebuke or vetoing a bill significantly supported by his own party.

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