Trump vetoes congressional effort to limit border wall funding

Trump vetoes congressional effort to limit 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.

"People hate the word "invasion" but that's what it is", Trump said. Spearheaded by GOP Senator Mike Lee, another Republican who supported the resolution terminating Trump's declaration, a new measure would automatically dismiss a president's national emergency declaration after 30 days, unless approved by Congress. The House had passed the same resolution last month largely along party lines.

"Today I am vetoing this resolution".

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

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

Friday's veto ceremony fulfills Trump's pledged to thwart any effort by the Senate to block his emergency proclamation.

Trump's national emergency declaration almost a month ago is paired with a number of executive actions created to make approximately $8 billion of funding available to begin construction on a wall along the southern border.

Trump had sought to frame the issue as voting for him or for "Nancy Pelosi, Crime and the Open Border Democrats". Trump was surrounded in the Oval Office by supporters who offered profuse thanks and frequent applause.

Trump, however, insisted the situation on the southern border is "a tremendous national emergency", adding, "our immigration system is stretched beyond the breaking point".

Republican senators who bucked the president said they did so to preserve congressional control over the government's purse strings. Attorney General William Barr was also at the President's veto event.

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

If he [the president] approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it.

The president has said he wants a wall to prevent immigrants from crossing into the United States illegally.

Trump made a border wall a central promise of his 2016 campaign for the White House.

The national emergency I declared last month was authorized by Congress under the 1976 National Emergencies Act, and there haven't been too many that are bigger [emergencies] than we have right at our own border.

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