President Trump Vetos Resolution That Ends His National Emergency Declaration

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"Today I am vetoing this resolution", said Trump. The House is not expected to have the two-thirds of the chamber's support needed to override the President's veto.

Congressional critics do not appear to have the votes to override Trump's veto. "This will help stop Crime, Human Trafficking, and Drugs entering our Country". "Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!" he said.

Alexander added that he shares the president's goal of border security, but warned allowing Trump to redirect money without authorization could set a unsafe precedent. "Donate NOW for the WALL & we'll TRIPLE MATCH your gift".

Twelve Republican senators banded together Thursday to deliver the forceful rebuke after expressing concerns that Trump's use of the national emergency declaration as an end-run around Congress violates the separation of powers and sets a bad precedent that a would-be future Democratic president could follow to unilaterally drive their agenda.

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. Democrats and some Republicans challenged the declaration as a blow to the separation of powers.

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 pen that U.S. President Donald Trump used to sign his veto of the congressional resolution to end his emergency declaration to get funds to build a border wall sits on the Resolute desk as he signs the veto during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office

Trump insists he's on solid legal ground, however. "The crisis at the border ... may qualify as an emergency even though it, too, is not entirely new".

"It is definitely a national emergency, rarely have we had a national emergency", Trump said. It is definitely a national emergency.

The letter, sent last week to the top Democrat and Republican in the Senate, goes on to argue that the situation at the border has worsened. "To me, border security is national security".

They included Sens. Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey, Roy Blunt, Lamar Alexander, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, Jerry Moran, Mike Lee, and Roger Wicker. The Democrat-sponsored resolution would terminate vital border security operations by revoking the national emergency issued last month. The measure ultimately passed 59-41, and Trump immediately vowed to veto.

But on Thursday, Tillis cast his vote with the president, saying he was reassured by indications that Trump would support changes to the National Emergencies Act itself to rein in presidential powers going forward, and that his GOP colleagues also backed such legislation.

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