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By Jonathan Allen
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump promised to fight the Democrats Republicans in Washington, and with his very first veto on Friday, he did just that.
"Congress I have the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have a duty to veto it, "he said as he sent a message directly following his declaration of a national emergency – and the transfer of billions of dollars for the construction of his promised boundary wall Brought back to Capitol Hill.
The day before, a dozen Republican senators had teamed with the Democrats to pass the measure. an unusually large number of GOP overflows from Trump's line.
While Trump had downplayed the break on Friday – "I did not need the votes," he said – this became apparent as he fought with Congress for the power of Congress purse he institutionally weakened support for the Wall and its authority below the Washington Republicans.
That is, even some Republicans who claim they are for the wall, pull the border at Trump to declare a national emergency, and take the congressional decisions to do so
But some Republicans say that Maybe that's not a bad thing for Trump when he enters the 2020 election.
Apparently it will have a much tougher time to win budget fights with a Congress, obviously more and more inclined to assert its own prerogatives and in turn hinder it. However, Trump does not have domestic agenda items that approximate the political significance of the wall, and he wants to fight against Washington again.
It's even better if he can defend himself against both parties, said Matt Schlapp, a Trump ally and chairman of the American Conservative Union.
"They gave him a present," Schlapp told Congress, who sent him the resolution. "The president is strongest when he fights, and he is credible when fighting members of his own party … especially when the principles are on his side."
Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican State Committee and frequent trump critic, noted that the president said on Friday that he was not upset about the Republicans who had passed over. Steele said he sensed a bit of public theater being played at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the boulevard that runs between the White House and the Capitol.
"At the poll itself, there is a lot of high-minded drama about these senators doing this," he said, noting that there is no chance that the president's veto will be overruled and that most Republicans will defected are, can not be re-elected next year. "I'm not sure."
As for Trump, Steele added: "He loves the fight, he does not care who he fights, it does not matter if they are Republicans or Democrats … for him politically he reaffirms for his base why they have sent him to Washington. "
Eventually, the courts will decide if Trump's spending gambit will go through the constitutional order. At the moment, Democrats and some Republicans argue that his decision to pull money out of existing projects and reshape it to build the Wall is a violation of the Congressional constitutional precedence over spending issues.
"Parliament and the Senate rejected the lawless power of the President The President has decided to continue to oppose the Constitution, Congress and the will of the American people," said spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., In a declaration published after the veto. Some republican critics of The President's Methods, including Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, have voiced constitutional concerns, while others have merely feared that a future Democratic president would use Trump's precedent to spend money on animal projects sponsored by the Trump Congress were not approved.
Rachel Bovard, political director of the Conservative Policy Institute and former colleague of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Who quoted constitutional concerns in her vote against the president on Thursday. The urgency statement does not violate the principle of separation of powers ,
"The Constitution is not in crisis, the limit is," said Bovard in a textual exchange with NBC. "The President's statement follows the law passed by Congress, they have invested money and passed a law, If congress wants to change the law that prevents future presidents from taking this action, they certainly have the right to do so. "
For Bovard, the question is political, not legal.
"Trump She uses the power that Congress has given him to secure the border – which is more than what Congress apparently wants to do," she said, "so it's really a question of whether the Republicans in border security to be united by 2020 or not. "
The move of power toward the executive branch and away from Congress is a long-running trend, said Mack McLarty, who served as chief of staff for President Bill Clinton.
While he sees Trump's action, executive power in this case – including the veto and the original decision to put money around – is considered "unique" because it "interferes with the rights of Congress … in terms of funding for funds" he said the emphasis Trump put on the wall.  "This is a priority topic for him, and that's why he uses the veto pen," McLarty said.