Trump Signs His First Veto After Congress Rejects His National Emergency

Trump Signs His First Veto After Congress Rejects His National Emergency

"To me, border security is national security".

Congress can veto Mr Trump's veto, but it does not look likely that they will have the necessary votes to do so.

He blasted the "dangerous" and "reckless" resolution passed by Congress that, "if signed into law, would put countless Americans into danger, very grave danger". "I'll let them know when there's pressure and I told them that so when I need your vote, I'm going let you know". The Republican-controlled Senate passed the original measure 59-41 Thursday. On Thursday, Democrats and Republicans rebuked Trump over his decision to circumvent Congress and take money already designated for other programs to pay for his barrier along the U.S. -Mexico border.

President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed legislation attempting to strike down his declaration of a national emergency at the southern border during an Oval Office event from the White House.

She also says the president "is incredibly disappointed" with Republicans who voted against him. "This will help stop Crime, Human Trafficking, and Drugs entering our Country", the president tweeted. "Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!"

"It is definitely a national emergency; rarely have we had such a national emergency", he insisted.

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

Republican senators who bucked the president said they did so to preserve congressional control over the government's purse strings.

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

This is the first veto of Mr Trump's presidency.

Following the veto, the resolution will return to the House. In fact, U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures show there has been a monthly average of 53,609 apprehensions for the first five months of fiscal year 2019 - putting the U.S. on track for 643,306 apprehensions. Last month, roughly 76,000 people tried, including 43,000 children and family members, many fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.

A Justice Department letter to congressional leaders details the arguments defending the Trump's emergency declaration, arguing that the president was authorized to do so by the National Emergencies Act of 1976.

"The House and the Senate resoundingly rejected the President's lawless power grab, yet the President has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people", Pelosi said in a statement announcing the override. "Think of that", he said.

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