Pelosi announces vote to override Trump’s veto

Minnie Murray
March 16, 2019

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey stood behind President Donald Trump as he signed the first veto of his presidency.

"I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country", Trump tweeted.

President Trump issued the first veto of his presidency, striking down a resolution that would have terminated his national emergency declaration diverting funding to build the wall.

He praised the Republicans who voted against the bill as "strong, wonderful people".

As president, Trump has the constitutional authority under Article I, Section 7 to reject a proposal from Congress.

"As president, the protection of the nation is my highest duty", Trump said.

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

Twelve Republicans joined the Democrats in voting for the resolution, saying that Trump is circumventing Congress's enumerated power of the purse to appropriate funds and using them as he pleases.

"The fact that this is an emergency is undeniable", Nielsen said.

Trump originally declared a national emergency on the border last month after Congress granted only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he requested for a wall on the border. That resolution seeking to end US backing for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen was approved in the aftermath of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and is expected to be the subject of Trump's second veto. He cited "thousands and thousands" of gang arrests and claimed numerous asylum seekers released into the USA were "stone-cold killers", ignoring data that shows immigrants are less likely to commit crime. 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.

Trump falsely claimed that the "on track to APPREHEND more than one million people coming across the Southern Border this year". The emergency declaration allows the president to redirect funds from other accounts such as military construction to the Southern border wall. 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.

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