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White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 2:01 AM
President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House on Friday to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border.

A top adviser to President Donald Trump indicated Sunday that Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove of his declaration of a national emergency along the US-Mexico border.

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told Fox News Sunday that “the president is going to protect his national emergency declaration”. Asked if that meant Trump was ready to veto, Miller added, “He’s going to protect his national emergency declaration, guaranteed.”

Trump declared the emergency on Friday in an effort to go around Congress to fund his border wall. It would allow him to move federal dollars earmarked for military construction to the border, but he is already facing legal and political challenges.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his state would sue “imminently” to block the order, after the American Civil Liberties Union and the non-profit watchdog group, Public Citizen, announced on Friday that they were taking legal action.

Democrats are planning to introduce a resolution disapproving of the declaration once Congress returns to session, and it is likely to pass Congress. Several Republican senators are already indicating they would vote against Trump, although there does not yet appear to be enough votes to override a veto by the president.