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Thursday, March 14, 2019
The Ultimate (And Best) One-Word Reply: VETO!
Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signed a resolution to disapprove of President Donald J. Trump’s national emergency for the crisis on our southern border.
The President had a one-word response for the Democrat-led bill: “VETO!” The stakes couldn’t be clearer, as Vice President Mike Pence laid out in an interview with Fox News. “A vote against the President's national emergency declaration is a vote to deny the humanitarian and security crisis that's happening at our southern border.”
This morning, three state Attorneys General explained the Constitutional authority President Trump used in declaring the national emergency. “Unlike President Barack Obama, who unlawfully used executive power to create new laws or rewrite laws Congress enacted, President Trump is lawfully using executive power to address a crisis worsened by congressional inaction,” Ken Paxton (R-TX), Curtis Hill (R-IN), and Jeff Landry (R-LA) write.
“The facts matter — these facts show the president has acted lawfully and within the scope of discretion Congress and the people vested in him. Congress should support President Trump.”
A longstanding tradition lives on today as President Trump welcomes the Taoiseach of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, to the White House. Since 1952, Ireland has presented the President of the United States with a box of shamrocks to kick off the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
“It’s a great honor to have the Prime Minister of Ireland. We’ve become fast friends,” President Trump said today from the Oval Office. “Very, very special country.”
Earlier this evening, President Trump joined Prime Minister Varadkar for the traditional shamrock bowl presentation. And at a “Friends of Ireland” luncheon this afternoon, the President gave tribute to the holiday’s namesake. “May we draw new strength from the noble example of Saint Patrick. And may we all be blessed by the luck of the Irish.”