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Two defeats in the US Senate : Republicans make a stand against Trump

The resistance in the US Congress against Donald Trump grows, and also in the ranks of the Republicans. The Senate has given the President two defeats. In the night to Friday (CET) disapproved of the senators that Trump has declared a state of emergency, in order to secure, without the consent of the Congress of money for the construction of a border wall in Mexico. 24 hours before, they had voted against any further financial support for the Intervention of Saudi Arabia in the civil war in Yemen.

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This development is for three reasons remarkable. First, trump is the Republican party in the Senate, a clear majority of 53 to 47 seats. Even if the Democrats have since the beginning of the year, the majority in the house of representatives, so the Conservatives, if both chambers of Congress pass a joint resolution of the force of law, the Trump slowing down, or even be exposed.

on the question of the imposition of a state of emergency for the purpose of the Berlin wall, is an obvious abuse of a state of emergency, voted with 12 Republicans against their President, in the case of assistance to the Saudis in Yemen the war, seven Republicans voted against Trump. In the house of representatives, which is controlled by the Democrats, the majorities against Trump anyway sure.

A warning shot, the Veto is not overruled

Second, the President must now use his veto. For Trump, it is the first Time after two years and two months in office. Also marked the turning point in his presidency. Of course he will get away with it, because to override a presidential Veto, the Congress, by a two-thirds majority in both chambers. In these cases, unlikely. The Republican resistance against Trump is on the one hand, significantly, on the other hand, its scale is also calculated in such a way that the Signal is a warning shot, but still no match to the President.

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Trump saw both of his defeat. He knew that the discontent in the Republican ranks is so great that he can't stop them. So he moved on to phone calls with Republicans, make sure that no two-thirds majority against him in the Senate. At least twenty Republican senators would have to vote together with the 47 Democrats against him.

The Congress defended core competencies: Budget and war

Thirdly, the policy fields in which the Congress brought the two defeats are: The construction of the wall, it goes to the budget law. In Yemen, the war for the right to decide about war and peace. Both are core competencies of the Parliament. Presidents have always tried to push the boundaries of the distribution of power between the Executive and the legislature gradually. In the USA, one speaks of the Trend to the "Imperial presidency". In this conflict over the division of Democrats and Republicans in Congress through the party-oriented interest that the rights of its Institution, the Parliament, respected and not be circumcised.

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The US has moved more and more visible on the presidential and congressional elections in 2020. This generates additional pressure on the representatives of the people, to position themselves visible to the public. Trump can not get out of his skin: In case of doubt, he polarized, although he would need a minimum level of understanding with the Congress. A third case, the struggle for the separation of powers moves to the stage of completion of the investigation to the Russia affair, including the question of whether the Minister of justice must publish the final report of the special investigator Robert Mueller completely or in parts, keep it a secret.

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