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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump was granted a veto on a congressional resolution on Friday, following his national emergency declaration at the U.S. Mexico border, the power for the first time in his presidency to save a top priority. up more than $ 6 trillion for his long-promised wall along the Southwest border.
Democrats have accused Trump of manufacturing a crisis to build support for the wall, noting apprehensions of people illegally are at historic lows. Republican critics, meanwhile, said they are concerned Trump's emergency is an attempt to make an end-around around Congress's power of the purse.
But Trump has pointed out in 2016 on the promise of building a border wall (though it also repeatedly promised Mexico would pay for it). The White House has said it believes more barriers would stem the flow of migrants and also of illicit drugs. Others have argued that most illegal drugs arrive through points of entry.
The White House scheduled an event for 3:30 pm EDT in the Oval Office. White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said Trump would be the resolution at that event.
Although there was bipartisan support to block Trump's emergency, the opposition fell short of the two-thirds majority that would be required to override a presidential veto. Democrats have promised to bring the issue back to the House and Senate floors in six months – which they are entitled to under the law – forcing Republicans to vote on the issue again.
President Donald Trump (Photo: SAUL LOEB, AFP / Getty Images)
The border emergency is the latest flashpoint in a new era divided government in Washington after Democrats claimed control of the House in last year's midterm election. President Barack Obama issued his first veto after less than a year in office at a spending bill that became redundant when Congress passed a full-year measure the same day.
President George W. Bush did not issue a single veto during his first term. When took control of Congress in 2007, Bush issued 142 threats and made good on 11 of them. Obama and Bush issued a box of vetoes each.
Trump's decision to issue the veto was not a surprise: The White House formally threatened to do so before the resolution cleared the House. Shortly after the Senate vote on Thursday, Trump posted an unusually short note on Twitter.
"VETO" was all red.
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