Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

President Trump issues his first veto over national emergency rejection, live stream

President Trump issues his first veto over national emergency rejection, live stream

On Friday, President Trump vetoed the decision by Congress to overturn his use of an emergency declaration for border wall funding.

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

Consistent with the law and the legislative process designed by our Founders, today I am vetoing this resolution. 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.

The border wall project still faces a variety of legal challenges, and despite Trump's veto, House and Senate votes against the emergency declaration could carry some weight in the courts. When no deal came, Trump declared a national emergency on February 15 to get the funding without congressional approval.

Still, a White House official said Trump won't forget when senators who opposed him want him to attend fundraisers or provide other help.

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

He said the vote against the president was also a vote "against the America people and their safety and security".

He praised the Republicans who voted against the bill as "strong, wonderful people".

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

"We clearly have a [border] crisis and we have to address it", Republican Senator Rob Portman told reporters.

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

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. "To me, border security is national security". He cited "thousands and thousands" of gang arrests and claimed numerous asylum seekers released into the US were "stone-cold killers", ignoring data that shows immigrants are less likely to commit crime.

Congress declined and the result was the longest shutdown in USA history. The emergency declaration allows the president to redirect funds from other accounts such as military construction to the Southern border wall. He initially insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall but it has declined to do so.

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