President Trump Vetos Resolution That Ends His National Emergency Declaration

15 March, 2019, 22:39 | Author: Myra Gill
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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.

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).

A dozen Republicans joined with Senate Democrats on Thursday to back the joint resolution disapproving of Trump's emergency declaration.

The Senate passed its resolution 59-41, with 12 Republicans including Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio voting for it, prompting a one-word Trump tweet in response. "I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!"

Trump originally declared a national emergency on the border last month after Congress granted only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he requested for a wall on the border.

Republican senators who bucked the president said they did so to preserve congressional control over the government's purse strings.


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

"The fact that this is an emergency is undeniable", Nielsen said.

Trump's reelection campaign began fundraising off the veto early Friday afternoon, sending out an email asking supporters to donate to a "Official Wall Defense Fund".

Recent months have seen a surge in unauthorized crossings of the US border with Mexico. The large numbers have put a strain on immigration enforcement, although critics say a wall would do little to discourage the crossings since many of those apprehended at the border turn themselves in voluntarily.

It is not believed there are enough votes to override the president's veto, which would require a two-thirds majority in both chambers.

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

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