Trump issues first veto after rebuke of border order

Posted March 16, 2019

President Trump issued the first veto of his presidency Friday afternoon against a resolution passed by the House and Senate to end the national emergency declaration on border security. "Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it", Trump said.

Therefore, to defend the safety and security of all Americans, I will be signing and issuing a formal veto of this reckless resolution - and that's what it was.

Republicans who voted against the resolution want money to be there to secure the border, but wanted that to happen through the appropriations process, not through an executive order, said Barrasso, adding that he would have also preferred to do it that way.

He hit his usual (exaggerated) talking points on the drugs and criminals pouring over the border and said that Democrats and Republicans could come to an accord on "catch and release" laws in "15 minutes" if the political will was there.

President Trump hands out a pen after signing the first veto of his presidency Friday in the Oval Office of the White House. His veto overruled a congressional resolution opposing his declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border

"The world continues to be a risky place and we'll continue in the war against terrorism", said the senator.

The national emergency I declared last month was authorized by Congress under the 1976 National Emergencies Act, and there haven't been too many that are bigger [emergencies] than we have right at our own border.

While Congress is unlikely to muster the votes to override the veto, the rebuke from some members of his own party left Trump politically wounded, at least temporarily, as immigration and his planned wall along the USA southern border become a flashpoint again in the 2020 presidential campaign.

Unless more Republicans defect from the president's position, neither margin would be sufficient to override a veto.

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Trump is expected to issue his second veto in the coming weeks over a congressional resolution seeking to end U.S. backing for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

It is unlikely that Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override Trump's veto, though House Democrats have suggested they would try nonetheless.

On Thursday, the Senate voted (59-41) to overturn Trump's national emergency declaration. Democrats deny there is an emergency at the border, saying border crossings are at a four-decade low.

The emergency declaration is being challenged in court as an unconstitutional usurpation of Congress' power of the purse.

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

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

Trump issued a veto on Friday, preventing Congress's attempt to terminate his national emergency declaration seeking to circumvent lawmakers and appropriate billions of dollars for his southern border wall.

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