Trump uses first veto to stop Congress from halting national emergency

Trump uses first veto to stop Congress from halting national emergency

Trump uses first veto to stop Congress from halting national emergency

"Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it and I'm very proud to veto it".

"Today I am vetoing this resolution", Trump said, flanked by law enforcement officials at an Oval Office event.

The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate voted to end his border emergency declaration, with 12 of Trump's fellow Republicans joining Democrats.

While Democrats control the House, they would need a total of 67 votes in the Senate to override Mr Trump's veto.

"The president acted well within his discretion in declaring a national emergency concerning the southern border", the Justice Department argues in the letter, a copy of which was reviewed by The Washington Post.

It's not the first time Ivey has stood beside the president when it comes to immigration issues.

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

But Friday, Trump said he had sympathy for Republicans who voted against him and emphasized that he never truly twisted the arms of lawmakers, because he knew there were not enough votes to override the veto.

The vote came a day after the Senate called for an end to United States military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, marking the second instance in two days that a Senate that has been mostly deferential to Trump took a position against him.

Mr Trump had declared the emergency in February after Congress refused his requests for $5.7bn (£4.4bn) to construct a border wall - a campaign promise.

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

Following the veto, the resolution will return to the House.

"I think actually a national emergency was designed for a specific objective like this, so we have a great case", Trump said.

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. So, as a practical matter, the administration can continue to spend billions of dollars more on border barriers than lawmakers authorized, unless and until the courts intervene.

Researchers have said that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes, despite Trump repeatedly linking immigration and crime. He noted, correctly, a spike in the number of people coming to the border to claim asylum.

Had Trump not taken action in a timely manner, the decisive votes would have overturned all the effort he put into securing funding for the Wall's construction. Last year, Trump forced a government shutdown over an impasse with Congress over funding for the barrier. He initially insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall but it has declined to do so.

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