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Trump issues first presidential veto on resolution terminating national emergency declaration



WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump vetoed the resolution on Friday aimed at terminating his national emergency declaration to build physical barriers along the US-Mexico border from funds previously appropriated elsewhere.

It is the first veto of the Trump presidency, after the Senate issued a stern rebuke of the administration’s efforts to make good on a 2016 campaign promise to build the wall.

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Because of the veto, the resolution will go back to the House, where it is far short of the two-thirds majority needed to override the president. The Senate also lacks the 67 votes needed to override a veto.

The veto came one day after the Senate passed the resolution, in which 12 Republicans joined with unanimous Democratic support to respond to what they characterized as executive overreach and an abuse of emergency powers by Trump.

The resolution originally introduced by Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas had handily passed in the House in February, where just 13 Republicans crossed the aisle.

The White House had repeatedly threatened to veto the legislation. Prior to the vote, the administration had attempted to cut deals with the GOP senators on board with the resolution to avoid the embarrassment of having one of Trump’s signature policies rejected in such a fashion.

Vice President Mike Pence had initially been communicating to Republican senators that Trump would get on board with future legislation to limit emergency powers. But when Trump informed Republicans he would not support a bill brought forth by Utah Sen. Mike Lee that would accomplish just that, all hope of staving off the veto disappeared.

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Trump had tweeted openness to supporting limitations on future emergency declarations shortly before the Thursday vote, writing on Twitter, “If, at a later date, Congress wants to update the law, I will support those efforts, but today’s issue is BORDER SECURITY and Crime!!! Don’t vote with Pelosi!”

But it was too late. Instead, Republicans from across the party’s spectrum voted with Democrats to terminate the emergency declaration, including moderates like Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, or Tea Party-era conservatives like Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Trump is also slated to issue another veto in the coming weeks, as Congress is moving forward with a resolution withdrawing US military support from the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The resolution passed the Senate on Wednesday and is expected to easily pass in the House at a later date.

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