Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump Signs His First Veto Against Resolution Blocking Emergency Declaration

Trump Signs His First Veto Against Resolution Blocking Emergency Declaration

However, Democrats and a number of Republicans said his effort represented an unconstitutional expansion of the power of the presidency. The House is not expected to have the two-thirds of the chamber's support needed to override the President's veto. The fate of Trump's emergency declaration will be left up to the courts, where various legal battles are ongoing.

He said the vote against the president was also a vote "against the America people and their safety and security".

"House Republicans will have to choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution", she added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is unlikely to hold such a vote in the Senate.

"Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution", Trump said, "and I have the duty to veto it".

"I don't know that I've ever been more proud than to be standing next to you today", Pence said.

Trump thanked Republican senators who voted for his declaration in a Twitter post earlier on Friday.

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

Trump had sought to frame the debate in terms of immigration, arguing that Republican senators who supported border security should back him on the emergency declaration. He wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post at the time arguing there would be "no intellectual honesty" in supporting executive overreach by Trump that he had opposed under President Barack Obama.

He described the Congressional attempt to stop him as a "dangerous" and "reckless" resolution that was "against reality".

President Donald Trump returns to the Oval Office after speaking in the Rose Garden at the White House, on February 15.

President Trump signed the first veto of his presidency, rejecting a measure that would reverse the national emergency he declared on the southern border.

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

"We clearly have a [border] crisis and we have to address it", Republican Senator Rob Portman told reporters.

In challenging Trump on Thursday, only one Republican who is up for re-election next year - Susan Collins of ME - voted for the disapproval resolution. "The same principle should apply, regardless of which party occupies the White House". The Senate passed its resolution 59-41, with 12 Republicans including Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio voting for it, prompting a one-word Trump tweet in response.

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