Trump issues veto over border emergency declaration

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

The White House sought to pare back Republican defections leading up to the vote, with the President and White House aides making clear to Republican senators that a vote against Trump on this issue would have ramifications come re-election time.

"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 Thursday shortly after the Senate passed the resolution condemning Trump's unilateral action.

Alexander added that he shares the president's goal of border security, but warned allowing Trump to redirect money without authorization could set a unsafe precedent.

"Today I am vetoing this resolution".

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 14, 2019.

As the USA and the European Union struggle to iron out their differences on trade, Trump said, "they are willing to talk to us and if they don't talk to us, we're going to do something that's going to be pretty severe economically". Twelve Senate Republicans sided with Democrats on the issue.

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While Congress is unlikely to muster the votes to override the veto, the rebuke from some members of his own party left Trump politically wounded, at least temporarily, as immigration and his planned wall along the USA southern border become a flashpoint again in the 2020 presidential campaign. The emergency declaration allows the president to redirect funds from other accounts such as military construction to the Southern border wall.

"We tried to cut a deal", Lee said.

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

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

While the original passage marked a stinging rebuke from members of Trump's own party, his veto is likely the last word as lawmakers are unlikely to muster the two-thirds majority required to override.

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