Trump issues veto over border emergency declaration

Blanche Robertson
March 15, 2019

Congress can veto Mr Trump's veto, but it does not look likely that they will have the necessary votes to do so.

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. The House is not expected to have the two-thirds of the chamber's support needed to override the President's veto.

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

Lawmakers, including 12 Republicans, had passed the rejection resolution on Thursday in a surprising rebuke of Mr Trump's signature issue.

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).

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Mr Trump had declared the emergency in February after Congress refused his requests for $5.7bn (£4.4bn) to construct a border wall - a campaign promise. Democrats and some Republicans challenged the declaration as a blow to the separation of powers.

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

He called the resolution "dangerous" and "reckless", defending the emergency declaration and saying, "People hate the word invasion, but that's what it is".

In addition to Collins, the other GOP senators voting for the resolution were Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Mike Lee of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mitt Romney of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida, Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania, Rob Portman of OH and Roger Wicker of Mississippi. The House had passed the same resolution last month largely along party lines.

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.

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