Trump signs first veto of his presidency

Trump signs first veto of his presidency

Trump was surrounded in the Oval Office by supporters who offered profuse thanks and frequent applause.

Congressional critics do not appear to have the votes to override Trump's veto.

The president tweets that he looks forward to vetoing the Senate resolution that would increase "crime, drugs and trafficking"; Kevin Corke reports from the White House. "Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!" But for those who broke from party ranks to vote for the termination resolution, the president said they were "doing what they have to do", adding that he did not pressure them for their vote. The bill passed the Senate by a margin of 59-41 with 12 Republicans joining Senate Democrats in a rare rebuke of the president.

The bipartisan vote in the Senate on Thursday approving the measure was a slap at Trump over his decision to circumvent Congress and take money already designated for other programs to pay for a barrier along the U.S. -Mexico border.


The emergency declaration came after Trump failed to win an appropriation for a border wall in a continuing resolution to fund the government last fall.

Republicans, Pelosi said, "will have to choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution".

Trump has said he wants a wall to prevent immigrants from crossing into the United States, describing the situation as a national emergency.

Lee proposed a version of the resolution that would have restricted future emergency declarations while grandfathering in Trump's, but he couldn't reach a compromise agreement with the White House, and the plan fizzled. Democrats deny there is an emergency at the border, saying border crossings are at a four-decade low.


Trump also has maintained he has the legal authority to act.

"I think actually a national emergency was designed for a specific goal like this, so we have a great case", Trump said.

Trump's national emergency declaration almost a month ago is paired with a number of executive actions created to make approximately $8 billion of funding available to begin construction on a wall along the southern border.


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