Trump overrules House with veto over United States border wall

Trump overrules House with veto over United States border wall

Trump overrules House with veto over United States border wall

"As president, the protection of the nation is my highest duty", Trump said.

Critics have said Trump's emergency declaration violates the Constitution because Congress has the power to control spending.

The Senate voted Thursday by a margin of 59 to 41 to block Trump's declaration that an emergency on the border with Mexico requires the construction of a wall, a project for which Congress has not appropriated money.

After Trump signed the expected veto, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the body planned to vote for a veto on March 26 on overriding Trump's move.

Mr. Trump wasted no time countering, tweeting soon after, "VETO!" After many had spoken, Trump dramatically signed his veto message and then held the document up for the cameras to capture.

Republicans who voted against the resolution want money to be there to secure the border, but wanted that to happen through the appropriations process, not through an executive order, said Barrasso, adding that he would have also preferred to do it that way.


"We clearly have a [border] crisis and we have to address it", Republican Senator Rob Portman told reporters. 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. "I think the value of these last few weeks is to remind the Senate of our constitutional place".

"The President acted well within his discretion in declaring a national emergency concerning the southern border", wrote Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, setting out the legal basis for the proclamation under the National Emergencies Act and additional statutory authorities, which largely tracks an internal memo issued by the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.

The president made a border wall a central promise of his 2016 campaign for the White House.

The national emergency I declared last month was authorized by Congress under the 1976 National Emergencies Act, and there haven't been too many that are bigger [emergencies] than we have right at our own border.

Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump painted his usual portrait of a lawless and violent border.

Researchers have said that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes, despite Trump repeatedly linking immigration and crime. He initially insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall but it has declined to do so. For months, there was a stalemate between Congress and Trump that partially shut down the government for 35 days, the longest shutdown in USA history.

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