Trump issues first veto, continuing border 'emergency'

Trump issues first veto, continuing border 'emergency'

President Trump used his veto power for the first time Friday to overturn a congressional resolution that would have blocked him from using defense funds to build the border wall with Mexico. Moments before using his veto card, a resolution was passed in Congress in which a dozen Red Shirts jumped to the Democrat side in voting against Trump's National State of Emergency.

"Today I am vetoing this resolution", Trump said, flanked by law enforcement officials at an Oval Office event. Spearheaded by GOP Senator Mike Lee, another Republican who supported the resolution terminating Trump's declaration, a new measure would automatically dismiss a president's national emergency declaration after 30 days, unless approved by Congress.

Friday's veto ceremony fulfills Trump's pledged to thwart any effort by the Senate to block his emergency proclamation.

Just after the Senate vote, Mr Trump tweeted: "VETO!"

"It is definitely a national emergency; rarely have we had such a national emergency", he insisted.

He praised the Republicans who voted against the bill as "strong, wonderful people". Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told reporters.

Trump made the construction of a wall along the nearly 2,000-mile-long US-Mexico border a cornerstone of his 2016 presidential campaign, saying Mexico would pay for it.

"I think actually a national emergency was designed for a specific objective like this, so we have a great case", Trump said. That resolution seeking to end US 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.

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

Trump falsely claimed that the "on track to APPREHEND more than one million people coming across the Southern Border this year".

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. 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. 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. Trump had campaigned for president promising Mexico would pay for the wall.

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