Donald Trump issues first veto of his presidency over border wall emergency

President Trump Issues First Veto of his Presidency	 	 	 			President Donald Trump  CNN

President Trump Issues First Veto of his Presidency President Donald Trump CNN

Lawmakers, including 12 Republicans, had passed the rejection resolution on Thursday in a surprising rebuke of Mr Trump's signature issue.

Trump's emergency declaration would reallocate approximately $8.1 billion from the Department of Defense (as well as other areas) to begin construction of a southern border barrier. But for those who broke from party ranks to vote for the termination resolution, the president said they were "doing what they have to do", adding that he did not pressure them for their vote.

But Friday, Trump said he had sympathy for Republicans who voted against him and emphasized that he never truly twisted the arms of lawmakers, because he knew there were not enough votes to override the veto.

He praised the Republicans who voted against the bill as "strong, wonderful people".

The president tweets that he looks forward to vetoing the Senate resolution that would increase "crime, drugs and trafficking"; Kevin Corke reports from the White House. "Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!" The vote to cancel Trump's border emergency, which would allocate $3.6 billion more on border barriers than Congress had allowed, passed 59-41.

It is unlikely that Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override Trump's veto, though House Democrats have suggested they would try nonetheless.

Trump originally declared a national emergency on the border last month after Congress granted only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he requested for a wall on the border. The fate of Trump's emergency declaration will be left up to the courts, where various legal battles are ongoing.

"We're bursting at the seams, we can only hold so much", he said.

In declaring an emergency on February 15, Trump cited drug smuggling across the border from Mexico (misleading), the drop in crime in El Paso, Texas, after a partial border barricade was built there (not true) and reports of women kidnapped, bound with tape and trafficked into the United States across unguarded sections of the border (no evidence exists of this). "I think the value of these last few weeks is to remind the Senate of our constitutional place".

"The fact that this is an emergency is undeniable", Nielsen said. 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. Trump had campaigned for president promising Mexico would pay for the wall.

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