Trump Likely To Veto US Lawmakers' Measure Against Border Wall

Saul Bowman
March 16, 2019

That declaration was an effort to circumvent Congress to secure more money for his southern border wall. A dozen Republicans defected and joined every Democrat in voting yes.

The statement continued: "The problem with this is that after a revolutionary war against a king, our nation's founders gave to Congress the power to approve all spending so that the president would not have too much power".

He described the Congressional attempt to stop him as a "dangerous" and "reckless" resolution that was "against reality". Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it, and I'm very proud to veto it.

President Trump will deliver remarks in the Oval Office at 3:30 p.m. ET, White House says. The president, without acknowledging that lobbying, said he had sympathy for those who defied him, adding they did what they had to do.

The renegade conservatives had condemned the emergency declaration for setting up a risky precedent for a president while emphasising that they still agreed with Mr Trump's tough border security policies.

On Friday, Barr also said the president's emergency order was "clearly authorized under the law".

It is being challenged in court as an unconstitutional usurpation of Congress' power of the purse. It is unlikely that Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override Trump's veto, though House Democrats will try nonetheless.


Congressional critics do not appear to have the votes to override Trump's veto.

Trump was flanked by border officials and people whose family members were killed by someone who was in the United States illegally.

"Trump said that over a million illegal immigrants and migrants were set to rush the border".

Trump thanked Republican senators who voted for his declaration in a Twitter post earlier on Friday. "Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!"

Despite the embarrassing defections, Trump's grip on the party remains strong and the White House made it clear that Republicans resisting Trump could face political consequences. Trump had campaigned for president promising Mexico would pay for the wall. His signature ended a 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government, which had been triggered by a showdown after Congress refused to appropriate the $5.7bn he requested to start construction at the border.

"The President acted well within his discretion in declaring a national emergency concerning the southern border", wrote Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, setting out the legal basis for the proclamation under the National Emergencies Act and additional statutory authorities, which largely tracks an internal memo issued by the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.

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