WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (Reuters / EP) –
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has vetoed a joint resolution of Congress that sought to end his declaration of national emergency on the southern border with Mexico, as reported on Tuesday by the White House.
Trump declared the national emergency to evade Congress and use the fund designated for other programs to pay for the US-Mexico border wall he promised to build during his presidential campaign in 2016.
Last month, the House of Representatives, led by the Democrats, passed the joint resolution, after 11 Republicans and an independent congressman joined the Democrats and voted in favor.
“The situation on our southern border remains a national emergency and we still need our Army to help address it,” Trump said.
The House of Representatives has refused to comply with the president's demands to finance the border wall, although he has provided some funds for other barriers.