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Trump Signs His First Veto After Congress Rejects His National Emergency

Trump Signs His First Veto After Congress Rejects His National Emergency

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

Republican senators who bucked the president said they did so to preserve congressional control over the government's purse strings.

The president had threatened a veto of the resolution.

But Friday, Trump said he had sympathy for Republicans who voted against him and emphasized that he never truly twisted the arms of lawmakers, because he knew there were not enough votes to override the veto.

The border wall project still faces a variety of legal challenges, and despite Trump's veto, House and Senate votes against the emergency declaration could carry some weight in the courts.

Trump wants to use the emergency order to divert billions of federal dollars earmarked for defense spending toward the southern border wall.

After Trump signed the expected veto, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the body planned to vote for a veto on March 26 on overriding Trump's move.

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"Ever since Donald Trump was elected president what we have seen are Democrats obstructing him every step along the way that they can do it, even to the expense of our own nation's security", said Barrasso.

"We clearly have a [border] crisis and we have to address it", Republican Senator Rob Portman told reporters.

"I think the basic premise of Mike [Lee's] bill is correct", Republican Senator Jerry Moran said Thursday.

But on Thursday, Tillis cast his vote with the president, saying he was reassured by indications that Trump would support changes to the National Emergencies Act itself to rein in presidential powers going forward, and that his GOP colleagues also backed such legislation. "To me, border security is national security". The official was not authorized to speak publicly on internal deliberations so spoke on condition of anonymity. He initially insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall but it has declined to do so.

Had Trump not taken action in a timely manner, the decisive votes would have overturned all the effort he put into securing funding for the Wall's construction.

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