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

President Donald Trump is likely to sign a veto of the congressional measure to end his emergency declaration to get funds to build a border wall around 3:00 p.m. on Friday, according to sources familiar with the matter.

"People hate the word "invasion" but that's what it is", Trump said.

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. The House previously passed the resolution last month, 245 (including 13 Republicans) to 182.

"As president, the protection of the nation is my highest duty", Trump said.

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

Consistent with the law and the legislative process designed by our Founders, today I am vetoing this resolution.

Barr also made remarks and said President Trump's emergency declaration on the issue is "firmly grounded" in the law.

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The declaration of an emergency allowed the administration to access over $6bn in additional funds not appropriated by Congress to build the wall.

As president, Trump has the constitutional authority under Article I, Section 7 to reject a proposal from Congress.

But on Thursday, Tillis cast his vote with the president, saying he was reassured by indications that Trump would support changes to the National Emergencies Act itself to rein in presidential powers going forward, and that his GOP colleagues also backed such legislation.

It's not the first time Ivey has stood beside the president when it comes to immigration issues.

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

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. That resolution seeking to end US backing for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen was approved in the aftermath of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and is expected to be the subject of Trump's second veto.

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.

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