Donald Trump Uses "Trump Card" On Resolution Blocking Border Wall Funding

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Donald Trump Uses "Trump Card" On Resolution Blocking Border Wall Funding

US President Donald Trump has issued the first veto of his presidency, overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding.

The renegade conservatives had condemned the emergency declaration for setting up a unsafe precedent for a president while emphasising that they still agreed with Mr Trump's tough border security policies.

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.

The bill had passed the House in February with thirteen congressional Republicans crossing the aisle to join Democrats. 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.

The rare rebuke from members of his own party was symbolically important, but Congress does not have the votes to overturn Trump's veto.

The vote came a day after the Senate called for an end to USA 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. American Civil Liberties Union, which filed one of the cases, said the veto is meaningless, like the declaration in the first place. Homeland Defense Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Attorney General William Barr and Vice President Mike Pence were among those who praised Trump's veto during the Oval Office ceremony.

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"The House and Senate resoundingly rejected the president's lawless power grab, yet the president has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people", she said in a statement.

"It is definitely a national emergency; rarely have we had such a national emergency", he insisted.

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. ".THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO A PRESIDENT AGAIN!" the President of The United States literally just typed on Twitter with the world at his window sill.

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.

The president made a border wall a central promise of his 2016 campaign for the White House. "To me, border security is national security".

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