Trump wields first presidential veto to nix border emergency rebuff

Donald Trump vetoes resolution terminating emergency declaration

President Donald Trump has vetoed a measure from Congress that revoked his declaration of a national emergency at the US-Mexico border.

He blasted the "dangerous" and "reckless" resolution passed by Congress that, "if signed into law, would put countless Americans into danger, very grave danger".

Congress is unlikely to muster the votes to override Trump's veto, a fact that left White House officials confident despite disappointment that it passed the Republican-controlled Senate at all. And Trump made clear how he plans to respond, tweeting the word "VETO!" in all-caps moments after Thursday's vote.

President Trump signed the first veto of his presidency, rejecting a measure that would reverse the national emergency he declared on the southern border. When no deal came, Trump declared a national emergency on February 15 to get the funding without congressional approval.

The veto would be the first of Donald Trump's presidency.

He also said anyone who votes to overturn the national emergency is "against reality".

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Republicans who voted against the resolution want money to be there to secure the border, but wanted that to happen through the appropriations process, not through an executive order, said Barrasso, adding that he would have also preferred to do it that way.

The vote came a day after the Senate called for an end to United States military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, marking the second instance in two days that a Senate that has been mostly deferential to Trump took a position against him. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told reporters.

"I think actually a national emergency was designed for a specific goal like this, so we have a great case", Trump said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced soon after the veto that the House would attempt to override it, after returning from a recess later this month. "To me, border security is national security".

Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump painted his usual portrait of a lawless and violent border. He noted, correctly, a spike in the number of people coming to the border to claim asylum.

The bipartisan vote on Thursday was a slap at Trump for his decision to circumvent Congress and take money already designated for other programs to pay for a barrier on the southern border. Trump had campaigned for president promising Mexico would pay for the wall. For months, there was a stalemate between Congress and Trump that partially shut down the government for 35 days, the longest shutdown in USA history.

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