Trump issues first veto, continuing border ‘emergency’

Sergio Conner
March 15, 2019

So, as a practical matter, the administration can continue to spend billions of dollars more on border barriers than lawmakers authorized, unless and until the courts intervene. "Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it", Trump said from the Oval Office.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., had said he would oppose the declaration but reversed course on the Senate floor, saying that he was "sympathetic" to Trump's push to deal with the crisis at the border.

Flanked by law enforcement officials and the parents of children killed by people in the country illegally, Trump maintained that he is not through fighting for his signature campaign promise, which stands largely unfulfilled 18 months before voters decide whether to grant him another term.

The president tweets that he looks forward to vetoing the Senate resolution that would increase "crime, drugs and trafficking"; Kevin Corke reports from the White House.

Trump thanked Republican senators who voted for his declaration in a Twitter post earlier on Friday.

Lee, meanwhile, had introduced a bill that would end future emergency declarations after 30 days, in an effort to allow Republicans to vote against the resolution. Declaring a national emergency allows Trump to steer an extra $3.6 billion to the wall.

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President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed legislation attempting to strike down his declaration of a national emergency at the southern border during an Oval Office event from the White House.

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'd like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Border Security and the WALL".

Trump insists he's on solid legal ground, however.

On Friday, Attorney General William Barr also said his emergency order was "clearly authorized under the law".

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