President Trump on Friday issued the first veto of his presidency, rejecting a resolution passed with bipartisan support that nullified his declaration of a national emergency to pay for a wall at the southern border.
“Today I am vetoing this resolution,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office where he was flanked by law enforcement and “angel” family members whose loved ones were killed by illegal immigrants. “Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it.”
The president’s action comes after a dozen Republican senators on Thursday joined their Democratic colleagues in passing a resolution of disapproval that terminated Trump’s Feb. 15 emergency declaration, which had allowed him to bypass Congress and redirect federal dollars for the wall along the southern border. The White House said it would under the emergency divert $3.6 billion from the Defense Department’s military construction fund to build the border barrier.
Trump called the resolution “reckless” and “dangerous” and characterized the vote by Congress as “against reality.”
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