Inside his veto fight with the GOP, Trump may have found ‘a gift’

President Donald Trump issued the first veto

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Whether Trump overstepped his constitutional authority now will be up to the ... President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on ... the national emergency he declared on the Southern border to divert

President Trump delivers remarks and issues his first veto on legislation attempting to strike down his declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump issued his first veto Friday, blocking a bipartisan congressional resolution that nullified the national emergency he declared on the Southern border to divert military funds for a border wall.
Trump issued the veto a day after the Senate dealt him a stinging rebuke when 12 Republican joined Democrats in 59-41 vote to overturn the emergency declaration that several members of his own party decried as an unconstitutional presidential overreach.
“Yesterday, Congress passed a dangerous resolution that if signed into law would put countless Americans in danger, very grave danger,” Trump said. “To defend the safety and security of all Americans I will be signing and issuing a formal veto of this reckless resolution.”

Trump signed the veto message in the Oval Office, where cabinet officials, sheriffs and parents of children killed by noncitizens gathered to congratulate him for his hard line on border security.

“Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it,” he said.
A month ago, Trump issued declared an emergency so he could shift $3.6 billion appropriated by Congress for military construction projects to pay for the building of walls on the U.S.-Mexican border after Congress rejected his demand for $5.7 billion.
On Feb. 27, the House passed the resolution to revoke the declaration in a 245-182 vote, with 13 Republicans joined Democrats in supporting it. The Senate approved it Thursday.

 


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