Trump issues first veto to protect border emergency declaration

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"Today I am vetoing this resolution".

President Donald Trump is likely to sign a veto of the congressional measure to end his emergency declaration to get funds to build a border wall around 3:00 p.m. on Friday, according to sources familiar with the matter.

People hate the word "invasion", but that's what it is - it's an invasion of drugs, and criminals, and people.

Trump's veto sends the resolution back to the US House of Representatives, which is expected to pick it up after the week-long congressional recess.

"The President acted well within his discretion in declaring a national emergency concerning the southern border", wrote Boyd in a disclaimer issued to the press shortly after Trump played his trump card.


"I stand with the president", the Wyoming Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

"The situation at the border has deteriorated, moreover, because the population of migrants crossing the border has shifted from one that consisted primarily of single adults from Mexico, who often could be promptly repatriated, to one that includes large numbers of families and children from Central American countries - people who cannot now be detained in any significant numbers and who are generally more hard to remove", the letter states.

American Civil Liberties Union, which filed one of the cases, said the veto was meaningless - like the declaration in the first place.

But the Senate margin fell short of the 67 votes needed for a veto override. The Republican-controlled Senate passed the original measure 59-41 Thursday.

He also said anyone who votes to overturn the national emergency is "against reality".


Trump tweeted about the political advantage he expects those who supported him will receive.

Trump's emergency declaration would reallocate approximately $8.1 billion from the Department of Defense (as well as other areas) to begin construction of a southern border barrier.

Following the veto, the resolution will return to the House.

"I think the basic premise of Mike [Lee's] bill is correct", Republican Senator Jerry Moran said Thursday.

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.


The wall was a signature campaign issue for Trump, but he was never able to deliver on his promise to make Mexico pay for it, and the issue languished during his first two years in office. "To me, border security is national security".

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