Politics: Inside his veto fight with the GOP, Trump may have found 'a gift' - PressFrom - US

PoliticsInside his veto fight with the GOP, Trump may have found 'a gift'

10:15  16 march  2019
10:15  16 march  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

GOP bracing for Trump to veto Congress’s rejection of his emergency declaration

GOP bracing for Trump to veto Congress’s rejection of his emergency declaration Sen. John Barrasso, one of the Senate’s highest-ranking Republicans, said Trump is “going to veto this,” after four GOP senators pledge to oppose his emergency plans.

Republicans are preparing to force Trump to issue the first vetoes of his presidency. But he understands and respects that senators may have different opinions,” said Sen. Several senators said privately they believed Trump wanted to fight with the GOP Congress, not cut a deal with them.

Trump teased a veto a day after the White House had said he would sign the legislation despite his misgivings. He raised the risk of a government Trump 's tweet Friday morning caught Ryan by surprise, according to a GOP source who declined to be named. The speaker is in his home state of

Inside his veto fight with the GOP, Trump may have found 'a gift'© Jonathan Ernst Image: President Donald Trump signs veto of congressional resolution to end emergency declaration at the White House in Washington

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump promised to fight Democrats and Republicans in Washington, and, with his first-ever veto Friday, he did just that.

"Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it," he said as he sent a measure that would have terminated his declaration of a national emergency — and the transfer of billions of dollars to build his promised border wall — right back to Capitol Hill.

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A senior House GOP aide said McCarthy and his top lieutenants believe 15 to 25 Republicans will vote with Democrats this week, possibly even more. “The biggest thing we can do to back the president up is to keep it below veto proof,” the GOP aide added.

Meanwhile, the GOP Senate majority was casting about for answers. Republicans might have to go on record on the Senate floor in the coming days over the matter. One GOP senator, requesting anonymity, even wondered whether Trump had botched his message to McConnell in their private

The day before, a dozen Republican senators had joined with Democrats to pass the measure, an unusually large number of GOP defections from Trump's line.

While Trump played down the fracture Friday — "I didn't need the votes," he said — it showed that by engaging in a battle with Congress over the power of the purse, he has weakened institutional support for the wall, and for his authority, among Washington Republicans.

That is, even some Republicans who say they're for the wall are drawing the line at Trump declaring a national emergency and seizing spending decisions from Congress to do it.

But some Republicans say that may not be a bad thing for Trump as he heads into the 2020 election.

On the surface, it suggests he'll have a much tougher time winning budget battles with a Congress that is obviously increasingly inclined to assert its own prerogatives and restrain his. But Trump doesn't have any domestic policy agenda items that approach the political importance of the wall, and he wants to campaign against Washington again.

Trump vows veto ahead of Senate vote on emergency declaration

Trump vows veto ahead of Senate vote on emergency declaration President Trump said Thursday that he is "prepared to veto" a Senate resolution blocking his declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the Mexican border. The Democratic measure is expected to pass the GOP-controlled Senate later in the day. 

The GOP -led Senate is on the verge of handing President Donald Trump not one but two rare rebukes from his But he understands and respects that senators may have different opinions,” Said Sen. Estimates of civilian deaths as a result of the fighting and Saudi airstrikes range from 10,000 to 50,000.

Mr. Trump may have gotten the message. “At first, there was a thread of being an impostor that may have been in his mind,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, who has tried to forge a working relationship with the president.

It's all the better if he can run, at least a little bit, against both parties, said Matt Schlapp, a Trump ally and chairman of the American Conservative Union.

"They gave him a gift," Schlapp said of Congress sending him the resolution. "The president is at his strongest when he is fighting and he is seen as credible when he is fighting members of his own party…especially when the principles are on his side."

Michael Steele, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and frequent Trump critic, noted that the president said Friday he wasn't upset with Republicans who defected. Steele said he sensed a little bit of public theater playing out on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, the boulevard that runs between the White House and the Capitol.

"On the vote itself, there's a lot of high-minded drama about what these senators did," he said, noting that there was no chance of the president's veto being overridden and that most of the Republicans who defected aren't up for re-election next year. "I'm not convinced."

Trump vows to veto resolution terminating his national emergency declaration

Trump vows to veto resolution terminating his national emergency declaration Hours before the crucial vote, the president tweeted, "The Southern Border is a National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare, but it can be easily fixed!" After Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, on Wednesday announced support for the House-passed resolution to cancel Trump's national emergency declaration — which the president wants to use to pay for a border wall Congress has refused to fund — five Republicans have publicly declared they will vote in favor of the Democratic measure. As of last week, GOP Sens.

Trump apparently floated the idea of vetoing the bill—although his aides tried to claim he'd only do However, while Obama or Bush might have stopped at a strong critique like that, Trump took "That's where Trump may differ so much from his predecessors," said Collier of this cumulative cooperation

President Trump may give away his political leverage on immigration this week as GOP leaders try to jam This week, Trump will decide to either veto or sign the no-wall, multi-agency budget package for 2019 Several senior GOP leaders have openly said they will not fight the Senate Democrats’ bitter

As for Trump, Steele added, "he loves the fight, he doesn't care who he's fighting, it doesn't matter if it's Republicans or Democrats ... for him, politically, it reaffirms for his base why they sent him to Washington."

Ultimately, the courts will decide whether Trump's spending gambit passes constitutional muster. For now, Democrats and some Republicans argue that his decision to grab money from existing projects and rededicate it to build the wall is a violation of Congress' constitutional primacy in spending matters.

"The House and Senate resoundingly rejected the President's lawless power grab, yet the president has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people," Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement released after the veto.

Some Republican critics of the president's methods, including Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, have raised constitutional concerns, while others have simply worried that a future Democratic president would use the precedent set by Trump to spend money on pet projects not approved by Congress.

Dems prepare next steps after Trump's veto

Dems prepare next steps after Trump's veto Democrats are planning a vote that aims to override President Trump's veto of legislation blocking his emergency declaration, an effort that's all but certain to fail. The House will hold a veto-override vote on March 26, shortly after lawmakers return from a weeklong recess, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Friday. The measure is unlikely to garner the necessary two-thirds majority, given that only 13 House Republicans joined with Democrats in support of a resolution last month to block Trump's emergency declaration to build a border wall.

Trump made his veto threat despite being scheduled to leave Washington for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Friday evening. In the capital, the House had adjourned. Mark Meadows, the chair of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, tweeted his support.

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Rachel Bovard, the policy director at the Conservative Policy Institute and a former aide to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who cited constitutional concerns in voting against the president Thursday, said that the emergency declaration doesn't violate the separation of powers principle.

"The Constitution is not in crisis. The border is," Bovard said in a text exchange with NBC. "The president's declaration follows the law that Congress passed. They've appropriated money and authorized a law that allows this wall to be built. If Congress wants to change the law that disallows future presidents from taking this action, they are well within their rights to do so."

To Bovard, the question is a political one, not a legal one.

"Trump is using the power that Congress gave him to secure the border — which is more than Congress is apparently willing to do," she said. "So what's truly at stake is whether or not Republicans are going to be united on border security going into 2020."

The movement of power toward the executive branch, and away from Congress, is a long-running trend, said Mack McLarty, who served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.

While he sees Trump's use of executive power in this instance — including the veto and the original decision to shift money around — as "unique" because it "interferes with Congress' rights ...in terms of appropriations funds," he said Friday's action makes sense in the context of the emphasis Trump has put on the wall.

"This is a priority issue for him, and this is why he's using the veto pen," McLarty said.

GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers.
Republicans are digging in for a long fight over reining in the president's emergency powers, setting up a potential clash with both the White House and Democrats. President Trump on Friday vetoed Congress's attempt to block his national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border wall. With neither chamber expected to have the votes to override his veto, the president is poised to win round one of his fight with lawmakers. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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