President Trump to deliver remarks in Oval Office

Frederick Owens
March 16, 2019

President Donald Trump has issued the first veto of his presidency, overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding. Several prominent Senate Republicans stood with the Democrats against the president's emergency declaration, including Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Rand Paul (R-KY).

"Today, I am vetoing this resolution", Trump said. The numbers did not make it to the level required to override a veto, meaning Trump would secure his plans despite congressional disapproval.

He called the resolution "dangerous" and "reckless", defending the emergency declaration and saying, "People hate the word invasion, but that's what it is".

Standing behind the president were law enforcement officials and "angel parents" - the parents of children killed by illegal immigrants.

"It's not appropriate for a president to ask for money, Congress decides what to spend and then the president spends the amount he wants anyway under the National Emergencies Act", said GOP Senator Lamar Alexander shortly before voting to terminate the emergency declaration.

Trump said the situation on the southern border was "a tremendous national emergency", adding that "our immigration system is stretched beyond the breaking point".

Earlier today, President Trump thanked Republicans who voted against the measure. The House is not expected to have the two-thirds of the chamber's support needed to override the President's veto.

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The president defied Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congressional Democrats, and the "dirty dozen" Senate Republicans who joined them.

The national emergency I declared last month was authorized by Congress under the 1976 National Emergencies Act, and there haven't been too many that are bigger [emergencies] than we have right at our own border.

Congress' vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality.It is a tremendous national emergency.

Just after the Senate vote, Mr Trump tweeted: "VETO!" "Think of that", he said.

Despite the embarrassing defections, Trump's grip on the party remains strong and the White House made it clear that Republicans resisting Trump could face political consequences.

Trump initiated the showdown months ago when he all but dared Congress not to give him the $5.7 billion he was demanding to build the U.S. -Mexico wall, by threatening a federal government shutdown. He initially insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall but it has declined to do so.

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