Trump issues first veto after rebuke of border order

Trump issues first veto after rebuke of border order

Shortly after President Donald Trump vetoed a Senate bill overruling his national emergency, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that Congress will vote to override the veto on March 26.

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

Before issuing the veto, Trump again said there was a tremendous national emergency, while U.S. Attorney General William Barr said the action the president had taken was legal.

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. "I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!"

Congressional critics do not appear to have the votes to override Trump's veto. Twelve Senate Republicans sided with Democrats on the issue.

The emergency declaration is being challenged in court as an unconstitutional usurpation of Congress' power of the purse.

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Trump made the construction of a wall along the nearly 2,000-mile-long US-Mexico border a cornerstone of his 2016 presidential campaign, saying Mexico would pay for it.

Trump declared a national emergency last month, after Congress authorized only $1.3 billion in border wall funding, far short of the $5.7 billion Trump had asked for.

In addition to Collins, the other GOP senators voting for the resolution were Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Mike Lee of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mitt Romney of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida, Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania, Rob Portman of OH and Roger Wicker of Mississippi. 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.

The renegade conservatives had condemned the emergency declaration for setting up a unsafe precedent for a president while emphasising that they still agreed with Mr Trump's tough border security policies. The resolution had previously passed the Democrat-controlled House.

President Trump will deliver remarks in the Oval Office at 3:30 p.m. ET, White House says.

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