Trump Likely To Veto US Lawmakers' Measure Against Border Wall

Trump Likely To Veto US Lawmakers' Measure Against Border Wall

Trump Likely To Veto US Lawmakers' Measure Against Border Wall

President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency this afternoon on the resolution passed by both the House and Senate to reject his declaration of a national emergency on the border.

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

Trump repeated his view that a crisis existed at the border, called the resolution reckless and said he was proud to veto it.

Republicans joined Senate Democrats in blocking the order, but there do not appear to be enough votes for an override.

Trump declared the national emergency after signing a government funding agreement that did not include the money he requested to build a wall.

The president has said he wants a wall to prevent immigrants from crossing into the United States illegally.

American Civil Liberties Union, which filed one of the cases, said the veto was meaningless - like the declaration in the first place.

But on Thursday, Tillis cast his vote with the president, saying he was reassured by indications that Trump would support changes to the National Emergencies Act itself to rein in presidential powers going forward, and that his GOP colleagues also backed such legislation. 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. "Think of that", he said. That resolution seeking to end USA backing for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen was approved in the aftermath of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and is expected to be the subject of Trump's second veto.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen said at a March 6 congressional hearing that "we are on track to encounter close to 1 million illegal aliens at our southern border this year". For months, there was a stalemate between Congress and Trump that partially shut down the government for 35 days, the longest shutdown in us history.

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

Congress declined and the result was the longest shutdown in USA history.

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. He initially insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall but it has declined to do so.

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