Trump Signs His First Veto Against Resolution Blocking Emergency Declaration

Trump Signs His First Veto Against Resolution Blocking Emergency Declaration

"I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspires Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country", Trump tweeted shortly after the Senate passed the resolution condemning Trump's unilateral action.

The renegade conservatives had condemned the emergency declaration for setting up a risky precedent for a president while emphasising that they still agreed with Mr Trump's tough border security policies.

We will add video when it becomes available. Trump issued a veto on Friday, preventing Congress's attempt to terminate his national emergency declaration seeking to circumvent lawmakers and appropriate billions of dollars for his southern border wall.

Senate Democrats, who have consistently opposed many of Trump's hardline immigration policies, were joined by Republicans who expressed support for Trump's calls to build a wall - but cited concern about the expansion of presidential power.

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"I didn't need the vote because we all knew it would be a veto and they're not going to be able to override".

It still faces several legal challenges from Democratic state attorneys general and environmental groups who argue the emergency declaration was unconstitutional. Trump was surrounded in the Oval Office by supporters who offered profuse thanks and frequent applause. The measure ultimately passed 59-41, and Trump immediately vowed to veto.

In declaring an emergency on February 15, Trump cited drug smuggling across the border from Mexico (misleading), the drop in crime in El Paso, Texas, after a partial border barricade was built there (not true) and reports of women kidnapped, bound with tape and trafficked into the United States across unguarded sections of the border (no evidence exists of this).

"I think the basic premise of Mike [Lee's] bill is correct", Republican Senator Jerry Moran said Thursday.

On Friday, Barr also said the president's emergency order was "clearly authorized under the law". The emergency declaration allows the president to redirect funds from other accounts such as military construction to the Southern border wall.

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