Trump doubts Congress can override veto to save emergency declaration

Trump doubts Congress can override veto to save emergency declaration

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Trump met in the Oval Office Thursday with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkarfrom. (Pool photo: Alex Leary/WSJ)

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump predicted Thursday that Congress will be unable to override a presidential veto aimed at preserving the White House’s emergency declaration along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I don’t know what the vote will be. It doesn’t matter,” Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkarfrom.“I’ll probably have to veto. It’s not going to be overturned.”

Trump’s comments come amid a Senate debate over a resolution to overrule the president’s attempts to sidestep Congressional approval for wall funding, one that the House approved last month.

A vote is expected to take place Thursday afternoon.

If the resolution passes and Trump makes good on his veto threat, both chambers would need a 2/3 majority needed to override the president’s decision.

The emergency declaration has sparked bipartisan concern over the president’s constitutional limits.

Trump maintained Thursday that he has the authority to move forward unilaterally.

“The legal scholars all say it’s totally constitutional,” Trump said.

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