Barrasso: Republicans Against Trump Order Want Border Security

Leroy Wright
March 16, 2019

Donald Trump used his presidential veto power for the first time since being elected in 2016, all in an effort to see his border plans through to the end.

Before the Senate voted on terminating Trump's national emergency, he told reporters, "I'll probably have to veto it", and predicted his veto wouldn't be overturned by Congress.

Trump's reelection campaign began fundraising off the veto early Friday afternoon, sending out an email asking supporters to donate to an "Official Wall Defense Fund".

He hit his usual (exaggerated) talking points on the drugs and criminals pouring over the border and said that Democrats and Republicans could come to an accord on "catch and release" laws in "15 minutes" if the political will was there.

The Republican senators who rebuked Trump were unwavering in their justification, saying Thursday they viewed the unilateral move as unconstitutional and creating a unsafe precedent for future presidents. 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.

Congressional critics do not appear to have the votes to override Trump's veto.

The pen that U.S. President Donald Trump used to sign his veto of the congressional resolution to end his emergency declaration to get funds to build a border wall sits on the Resolute desk as he signs the veto during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office
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Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., had said he would oppose the declaration but reversed course on the Senate floor, saying that he was "sympathetic" to Trump's push to deal with the crisis at the border. He explained the legality of Donald Trump's countermeasure.

The president wants to use the emergency order to divert billions of federal dollars earmarked for defence spending towards the southern border wall.

Trump declared the national emergency after signing a government funding agreement that did not include the money he requested to build a wall. "To me, border security is national security".

The bill had passed the House in February with thirteen congressional Republicans crossing the aisle to join Democrats. Against the advice of GOP leaders, Trump invoked the national emergency declaration last month, allowing him to try to tap about $3.6 billion for the wall by shuffling money from military projects, and that drew outrage from many lawmakers.

Barr also made remarks and said President Trump's emergency declaration on the issue is "firmly grounded" in the law.

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