Trump news – live: Top officials fail to call New Zealand shooting 'terror attack' as president expected to veto Congress vote

Donald Trump reacted to the Senate‘s decision to vote 59-41 in favour of a resolution expressing disapproval at his national emergency declaration over the illegal immigration “crisis” at the southern border with a simple, one word tweet: “VETO!”

In a major embarrassment for the president, 12 Republicans voted against his invocation of emergency powers to get his signature US-Mexico border wall built, bringing the resolution to his desk and forcing him to exercise his powers of office to block it.

“I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country,” he followed with a second tweet. “I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!”

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The president is expected to sign a veto on live-television any moment now in a rare televised event after the US Senate voted to rebuke his national emergency declaration towards the US-Mexico border.


Before he was a member of the El Paso City Council, or a popular Democratic lawmaker in the deeply-red state of Texas, Beto O’Rourke was part of a notorious hacking group that helped create the era of “hacktivism,” in which human rights-driven security work has become the focus of tech savvy benefactors.

The Texas Democrat — who launched a bid for the White House this week — secretly went by the username “Psychedelic Warlord” as a member of the Cult of the Dead Cow, the oldest network of hackers in American history. 


Ahead of the Oval Office appearance, Donald Trump has tweeted about border security, perhaps foreshadowing what we can hear him say at 3.30pmET (7.30pmGMT).


You can read more about yesterday’s vote here:


As we await Trump’s Oval Office appearance – where he is expected to sign a veto of the congressional measure to end his emergency declaration – let’s look back at what congress did yesterday. 

Republicans joined Democrats in the Senate to overturn the president’s declaration of a national emergency. It was a 59-41 vote with Senate passing a measure to rescind Trump’s national emergency declaration. It’s worth nothing that 12 Republicans defied the president.

And here’s a tweet from Melania Trump that fails to mention terrorism, along with the slate of US officials who declined to name the New Zealand attack as an act of terror as well: 



The White House has announced Donald Trump will deliver remarks from the Oval Office at 3:30 pm EST. Expect him to discuss his potential first veto over a national emergency declaration that was rebuked by the US Senate yesterday, as well as remarks on the New Zealand terror attack.


The American Civil Liberties Union has responded to Donald Trump’s administration announcing it would ban personnel from the International Criminal Court from entering the nation’s borders in the event the body chooses to investigate alleged US human rights abuses. 


Muslim leaders are condemning a spread of white nationalism and extremism after the New Zealand terror attack. 


Notice any similarities in the statements below? A large handful of top US officials declined to call the attack in New Zealand an act of “terror,” as the nation’s prime minister had done the night before.


Here’s more on the new revelations from the special counsel’s court filings on Friday:


The Special Counsel’s Office on Friday asked a court to delay sentencing for US President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates, amid “ongoing investigations” stemming from the Russia investigation.

In a filing with the US District Court in Washington, US Special Counsel Robert Mueller cited Gates’ continued cooperation with multiple probes and asked permission to update the judge on the case again by May 14.

“Gates continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations, and accordingly the parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence the sentencing process at this time,” Mueller’s team said in the court filing.



Here’s more on Donald Trump’s tweet to a Breitbart interview which he deleted a day after a terrorist attack in New Zealand with seemingly xenophobic motives: 


Donald Trump tweeted a link to Breitbart, ​a far-right website that peddles xenophobia and extremist ideologies, as a terrorist conducted a brutal massacre in New Zealand after releasing a manifesto that celebrated the US president as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” 

The tragedy, in which two mosques were seemingly the target of a terrorist attack spearheaded by an Australian 28-year-old white male, occurred on Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand — the same day Breitbart featured an interview with Mr Trump on its homepage. 

The president responded to the mass shootings the following morning on Twitter in a statement that failed to describe the event as an act of terror, as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had called it the night before. He also deleted his tweet to the Breitbart post the day after the attack.


The president has capped off his explosive attack against Special Counsel Robert Mueller with a final statement: 


Critics of Donald Trump are decrying the president’s response to the terrorist attack in New Zealand, after he failed to describe it as an act of terror or hate in a tweet on Friday morning. 

“It’s pretty easy to not be political and say the following,” Joe Walsh, a conservative radio host and former congressman, wrote on Twitter, adding, “The white supremacist, anti-Muslim hate that attacked two Mosques in New Zealand is evil and must be universally condemned.” 

“All hate is bad and must always be condemned,” he added. “We pray for our Muslim brothers & sisters.”


Donald Trump has ramped up his attacks against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference.

Here’s more, from me: 


Donald Trump has said “there should be no Mueller report” in a series of tweets denouncing the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 


Donald Trump has lambasted the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Twitter, suggesting it was created under shady circumstances. 

“So, if there was knowingly & acknowledged to be ‘zero’ crime when the Special Counsel was appointed, and if the appointment was made based on the Fake Dossier (paid for by Crooked Hillary) and now disgraced Andrew McCabe (he & all stated no crime), then the Special Counsel…”

The president has not yet followed up this tweet.


Republicans have been accused of using a “socialist” policy to prop up a failing Wyoming coal power plant, a powerful accusation the GOP likes to throw around in Washington against progressive Democrats.

Here’s Tom Barnes.

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