GOP senators had a closed-door lunch with WH counsel Pat Philbin.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told reporters that Republican senators pressed administration officials during the lunch on whether or not there would need to be a new national emergency declaration. 'I think that was somewhat up in the air. … I think that's a distinct possibility but I don't think there's any definitive answer,' Johnson added.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA.) said that a new national emergency declaration was discussed during the lunch, while Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told reporters that the White House indicated it would need a new declaration.
Trump says he will impose the tariffs on Mexico under the 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act as soon as next week unless Mexico cracks down on the flow of migrants from Central America across the southern border.