President Trump signed his first veto on Friday. After Democrats and even some Republicans in Congress passed a resolution which sought to nullify his emergency declaration over the border.
FOX News reports:
Trump wields first presidential veto to nix border emergency rebuff
President Trump on Friday used the first veto of his administration to reject a bipartisan resolution that sought to block his declaration of a national emergency at the border, a move almost certain to kill the measure.
“Today I am vetoing this resolution,” Trump, surrounded by law enforcement officials and families of those killed by illegal immigrants, said in the Oval Office. “Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it.”
Trump’s veto came a day after 12 Senate Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the resolution, despite last-minute efforts between the White House and GOP lawmakers to keep the Republican Party united. The measure ultimately passed 59-41, and Trump immediately vowed to veto.
While the original passage marked a stinging rebuke from members of Trump’s own party, his veto is likely the last word as lawmakers are unlikely to muster the two-thirds majority required to override.
On Friday, Trump called the resolution “dangerous” and said it would have revoked border operations put into place by the declaration. He also thanked Republicans who voted against the resolution.
Here’s the video. Trump makes some brief remarks and then signs the veto:
Here are some related tweets:
I’d like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Border Security and the WALL. This will help stop Crime, Human Trafficking, and Drugs entering our Country. Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
Moments ago, President Trump signed a VETO of the resolution introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to block the national emergency declaration for our crisis on the southern border.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 15, 2019
When are people in Washington going to accept the fact that this is what the American people voted for?
We want our border protected.