He said he would do it and BOOM!!! VETO!!
And just like that, President Trump issues his first veto of a bill that would have served to reverse the national emergency he had recently declared on the US border with Mexico.
Although we already know that Congress will do what they can to override the veto, it is speculated at this time they do not have near enough votes to get the override done.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
According to CNBC:
President Donald Trump rejected a bill Friday that would end the national emergency he declared at the southern U.S. border.
The president’s veto, signed in front of reporters in the Oval Office, is his first since he entered the White House. While the Democratic-held House will try to override his opposition, neither chamber of Congress appears to have enough support to reach the two-thirds majority needed.
The GOP-controlled Senate dealt a blow to Trump on Thursday, when 12 Republicans joined with Democrats in voting to terminate his emergency declaration. He publicly pushed Senate Republicans to vote against the House-passed resolution even as he shot down one plan that could have limited the number of GOP senators voting to block his flex of executive power.
“Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it,” he said before he rejected what he called a “reckless resolution.” The president added that he “put no pressure on anybody” to vote against the legislation “because we all knew it was going to be a veto.”
Senator Lindsey Graham gave the president his total support on the veto.
Totally support President @realDonaldTrump‘s VETO.
President Trump is right to declare an emergency on our southern border and he’s right on the law allowing him to reallocate funds to secure our southern border.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 15, 2019
Actor James Wood weighed in on the veto tweeting:
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 15, 2019
And as can be expected, the Democrats are acting like the kids in the sandbox no one wants to play with.
You know the ones who are like “play the game my way or else I will take my ball and go home.”
On March 26, the House will once again act to protect our Constitution and our democracy from the President’s emergency declaration by holding a vote to override his veto. #FakeEmergency
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 15, 2019
Schumer on veto: While the president has chosen to trample all over the Constitution, we Democrats in the Senate will never stop defending our country from an overreaching president.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 15, 2019
12 Senate Republicans sided with Democrats to reject Pres. Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund the U.S.-Mexico border wall Thursday, even calling @POTUS‘ move a “dangerous precedent.”
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 14, 2019
And finally, our friends over at Fox News had this to say:
President Trump on Friday used the first veto of his administration to reject a bipartisan resolution that sought to block his declaration of a national emergency at the border, a move almost certain to kill the measure.
“Today I am vetoing this resolution,” Trump, surrounded by law enforcement officials and families of those killed by illegal immigrants, said in the Oval Office. “Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it.”
Trump’s veto came a day after 12 Senate Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the resolution, despite last-minute efforts between the White House and GOP lawmakers to keep the Republican Party united. The measure ultimately passed 59-41, and Trump immediately vowed to veto.
While the original passage marked a stinging rebuke from members of Trump’s own party, his veto is likely the last word as lawmakers are unlikely to muster the two-thirds majority required to override.
On Friday, Trump called the resolution “dangerous” and said it would have revoked border operations put into place by the declaration. He also thanked Republicans who voted against the resolution.
“I have to in particular thank Republicans, strong Republican senators that were on our side and on the side of border security,” he said. He later added that the vote for the resolution was “a vote against reality.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that the veto was a sign that Trump “had chosen to trample all over the Constitution.”
“It is no surprise that the president holds the rule of law and our Constitution in minimal regard. There is no emergency; Congress has refused to fund his wall multiple times; Mexico won’t pay for it; and a bipartisan majority in both chambers just voted to terminate his fake emergency,” Schumer said in a statement.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that the House will vote to override the veto on March 26.
“House Republicans will have to choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution,” she said in a statement.
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. Declaring a national emergency allows Trump to steer an extra $3.6 billion to the wall.