Trump issues first veto, continuing border 'emergency'

Trump issues first veto, continuing border 'emergency'

Trump issues first veto, continuing border 'emergency'

President Donald Trump is likely to sign a veto of the congressional measure to end his emergency declaration to get funds to build a border wall around 3:00 p.m. on Friday, according to sources familiar with the matter.

"Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution", Trump said, "and I have the duty to veto it".

"I'm very proud to veto it", he added. And I have to, in particular, thank the Republican. senators that were on our side and on the side of border security and on the side of doing what they have to to keep our nation safe.

He hit his usual (exaggerated) talking points on the drugs and criminals pouring over the border and said that Democrats and Republicans could come to an accord on "catch and release" laws in "15 minutes" if the political will was there. "We look forward to seeing him in court and to the shellacking that he will receive at the hands of an independent judiciary", said Executive Director Anthony Romero.

The bipartisan vote on Thursday was a slap at Trump for his decision to circumvent Congress and take money already designated for other programs to pay for a barrier on the southern border.

But Friday, Trump said he had sympathy for Republicans who voted against him and emphasized that he never truly twisted the arms of lawmakers, because he knew there were not enough votes to override the veto.

The president had threatened a veto of the resolution.

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"The President acted well within his discretion in declaring a national emergency concerning the southern border", wrote Boyd in a disclaimer issued to the press shortly after Trump played his trump card.
The House is not expected to have the two-thirds of the chamber's support needed to override the President's veto.

A dozen Republicans joined with Senate Democrats on Thursday to back the joint resolution disapproving of Trump's emergency declaration.

He called the resolution "dangerous" and "reckless", defending the emergency declaration and saying, "People hate the word invasion, but that's what it is".

The large numbers have put a strain on immigration enforcement, although critics say a wall would do little to discourage the crossings since many of those apprehended at the border turn themselves in voluntarily.

It still faces several legal challenges from Democratic state attorneys general and environmental groups who argue the emergency declaration was unconstitutional. "I think the value of these last few weeks is to remind the Senate of our constitutional place". "They shouldn't even be suing, but they will because they always do".

"The Democrat-sponsored resolution would terminate vital border security operations by revoking the national emergency issued last month", Trump continued.

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