Trump vetoes lawmakers' measure against border wall

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Trump is expected to issue his second veto in the coming weeks over a congressional resolution seeking to end United States backing for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen. "This is not about the president or border security, in fact I support border security, I support a barrier".

US President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency today (NZ time) to secure federal money for a border wall he promised as a candidate and considers a crucial priority for re-election, capping a week of confrontation with both political parties.

"I didn't need the vote because we all knew it would be a veto and they're not going to be able to override".

The president tweets that he looks forward to vetoing the Senate resolution that would increase "crime, drugs and trafficking"; Kevin Corke reports from the White House. But for those who broke from party ranks to vote for the termination resolution, the president said they were "doing what they have to do", adding that he did not pressure them for their vote.

A dozen Republicans joined with Senate Democrats on Thursday to back the joint resolution disapproving of Trump's emergency declaration.




House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced soon after the veto that the House would attempt to override it, after returning from a recess later this month. "House Republicans will have to choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution".

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., had said he would oppose the declaration but reversed course on the Senate floor, saying that he was "sympathetic" to Trump's push to deal with the crisis at the border.

It still faces several legal challenges from Democratic state attorneys general and environmental groups who argue the emergency declaration was unconstitutional.

The large numbers have put a strain on immigration enforcement, although critics say a wall would do little to discourage the crossings since many of those apprehended at the border turn themselves in voluntarily. "I think the value of these last few weeks is to remind the Senate of our constitutional place".

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

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