Trump issues 1st veto over border emergency
Washington: US President Donald Trump has issued the first veto of his presidency, rejecting a legislation to overturn his declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the country’s Mexican border, insisting that the situation on the southern frontier amounted to a threat to Americans’ safety.
“Today, I am vetoing this resolution,” Trump told the media on Friday in the Oval Office.
“Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it.”
The President called the resolution “dangerous”, “reckless” and a “vote against reality”, The New York Times reported.
Trump was flanked by Vice-President Mike Pence, Attorney General William P Barr and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
The veto, which was expected, will send the legislation back to Congress, which almost certainly does not have enough votes for an override, which means Trump’s declaration will remain in effect.
Rebuffed by Congress in his demands for billions for the wall, Trump had declared a national emergency at the Mexican border last month, a move that would allow the President to circumvent the will of lawmakers and spend billions on border barriers, said The Washington Post.
Congress backed a resolution of disapproval, with the Senate voting 59-to-41 on Thursday for the measure.