Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Trump signs first veto of his presidency

Trump signs first veto of his presidency

President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed a measure to terminate his emergency declaration to fund a border wall, striking back at Republican and Democratic lawmakers who opposed the controversial move with the first veto of his presidency.

Mr Trump said that, since 1976, a total of 56 national emergencies have been declared but Congress has not vetoed any of them.

In the Oval Office at the White House on Friday afternoon, Trump said "our immigration system is stretched beyond the breaking point" and called the congressional action "dangerous" and "reckless".

It is not believed there are enough votes to override the president's veto, which would require a two-thirds majority in both chambers.

The bipartisan vote in the Senate on Thursday approving the measure was a slap at Trump over his decision to circumvent Congress and take money already designated for other programs to pay for a barrier along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Up to $3.6 billion reallocated from Department of Defense military construction projects under the President's declaration of a national emergency (Title 10 United States Code, section 2808).

Alexander added that he shares the president's goal of border security, but warned allowing Trump to redirect money without authorization could set a risky precedent.

He said the vote against the president was also a vote "against the America people and their safety and security". And I have to, in particular, thank the Republican. senators that were on our side and on the side of border security and on the side of doing what they have to to keep our nation safe. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told reporters.

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. "I think the value of these last few weeks is to remind the Senate of our constitutional place". "To me, border security is national security".

Researchers have said that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes, despite Trump repeatedly linking immigration and crime. For months, there was a stalemate between Congress and Trump that partially shut down the government for 35 days, the longest shutdown in us history.

Congress' vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality.It is a tremendous national emergency. He initially insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall but it has declined to do so.

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