Trump Signs His First Veto Against Resolution Blocking Emergency Declaration

Trump Signs His First Veto Against Resolution Blocking Emergency Declaration

"Today I am vetoing this resolution".

Before the Senate voted on terminating Trump's national emergency, he told reporters, "I'll probably have to veto it", and predicted his veto wouldn't be overturned by Congress.

Trump had sought to frame the issue as voting for him or for "Nancy Pelosi, Crime and the Open Border Democrats".

Congress will now need a two-thirds majority in both chambers to override him, which is unlikely to happen. "This will help stop Crime, Human Trafficking, and Drugs entering our Country", the president tweeted.

Mr Trump said that, since 1976, a total of 56 national emergencies have been declared but Congress has not vetoed any of them. "Donate NOW for the WALL & we'll TRIPLE MATCH your gift".

A dozen Republicans joined with Senate Democrats on Thursday to back the joint resolution disapproving of Trump's emergency declaration. It still faces several legal challenges in federal court.

"People hate the word invasion, but that's what it is", Trump continued, calling the resolution "dangerous" and "reckless".

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"Many such emergencies dealt with matters less threatening than the ongoing crisis on the southern border".

The letter, sent last week to the top Democrat and Republican in the Senate, goes on to argue that the situation at the border has worsened. "That shift has placed a substantial strain on border-security resources".

"The fact that this is an emergency is undeniable", Nielsen said. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Senator Thom Tillis, another senator up for re-election in a politically divided state, had announced last month that he would vote for the disapproval resolution.

Trump's reelection campaign began fundraising off the veto early Friday afternoon, sending out an email asking supporters to donate to a "Official Wall Defense Fund".

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on border security in the Oval Office of the White House March 15, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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