Donald Trump issues first veto to protect border wall funding

Donald Trump issues first veto to protect border wall funding

Congress can veto Mr Trump's veto, but it does not look likely that they will have the necessary votes to do so.

Trump's reelection campaign began fundraising off the veto early Friday afternoon, sending out an email asking supporters to donate to an "Official Wall Defense Fund".

Trump told the TV cameras his veto will "restore national sovereignty and defend this nation from criminal cartels, human traffickers, and drug smugglers - crime of all kind coming through our southern borders and other places, but this is the place". He wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post at the time arguing there would be "no intellectual honesty" in supporting executive overreach by Trump that he had opposed under President Barack Obama. "Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!"

Trump had sought to frame the debate in terms of immigration, arguing that Republican senators who supported border security should back him on the emergency declaration.

The Senate voted Thursday by a margin of 59 to 41 to block Trump's declaration that an emergency on the border with Mexico requires the construction of a wall, a project for which Congress has not appropriated money.

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"The world continues to be a unsafe place and we'll continue in the war against terrorism", said the senator.

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.

Trump has said he wants a wall to prevent immigrants from crossing into the United States, describing the situation as a national emergency.

"People hate the word invasion, but that's what it is". The fate of Trump's emergency declaration will be left up to the courts, where various legal battles are ongoing. He explained the legality of Donald Trump's countermeasure. "They shouldn't even be suing, but they will because they always do".

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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