Trump Issues First Veto After Congress Rejects Border Emergency

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday issued his first veto, rejecting legislation to overturn his declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the southwestern border. The bill had attracted significant Republican support in Congress, a rare as well as notable departure through partisan solidarity.

“Today, I am vetoing This specific resolution,” Mr. Trump told reporters from the Oval Office. “Congress has the freedom to pass This specific resolution, as well as I hold the duty to veto the idea.” The president called the resolution “dangerous,” “reckless” as well as a “vote against reality.”

Mr. Trump was flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William P. Barr as well as Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary. Mr. Barr said the president’s emergency order was “clearly authorized under the law” as well as “solidly grounded in law.”

The veto, which was expected, will send the legislation back to Congress, which almost certainly does not have enough votes for an override. in which means Mr. Trump’s declaration will remain in effect.

Democrats were quick to condemn the president’s action.

“the idea can be no surprise in which the president holds the rule of law as well as our Constitution in minimal regard,” Senator Chuck Schumer of completely new York, the Democratic leader, said in a statement. “There can be no emergency; Congress has refused to fund his wall multiple times; Mexico won’t pay for the idea; as well as a bipartisan majority in both chambers just voted to terminate his fake emergency.”

To in which, Speaker Nancy Pelosi added, “The House as well as Senate resoundingly rejected the president’s lawless power grab, yet the president has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress as well as the will of the American people.”

Mr. Trump has long insisted in which there was a security as well as humanitarian crisis at the border with Mexico, an assertion in which was undercut by Mr. Trump himself when he acknowledged in which he could have waited to issue a declaration. nevertheless on Friday, he offered a flurry of statistics to support his contention, though many were vague. He blurred numbers in which reflected a humanitarian problem with those he said represented a security issue.

Democrats had seized on his earlier words as well as cited some other government data in which shows there has been no flood of criminal migrants coming into the United States. Some Republicans shared in which view.

nevertheless others said they opposed the president on the grounds in which the idea was the duty of Congress to appropriate taxpayer dollars as well as in which Mr. Trump had exceeded his authority. On Thursday, a dozen Republicans joined Senate Democrats in voting to overturn Mr. Trump’s emergency declaration, 59 to 41.

“Never before includes a president asked for funding, Congress has not provided the idea as well as the president then has used the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to spend the money anyway,” Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, said after the vote. Senator Jerry Moran, Republican of Kansas, said he thought Mr. Trump’s declaration was unconstitutional.

The president said on Friday in which he understood why some Republicans believed he had overreached. “They’re doing what they have to do, as well as I put no pressure on anybody,” Mr. Trump said. “I actually said, ‘I could have gotten some of them to come along.’ I said: ‘I want for you to vote your heart. Do what you want to do. I’m not putting any pressure.’”

“I’ll let them know when there’s pressure, O.K.?” he added. “as well as I told them in which. I said, ‘When I need your vote, I’m going to let you know.’ I didn’t need the vote because we all knew the idea was going to be a veto, as well as they’re not going to be able to override. the idea’s going to go very quickly.”

Mr. Trump has held broad sway over congressional Republicans in his first two years in office. The decision by the dozen Senate Republicans to side with Democrats on an issue central to the president’s agenda was seen as a reclaiming of the role of Congress as a coequal branch of government.

Mr. Trump was undeterred by the Republican opposition as well as quickly signaled his next step when he tweeted “VETO!” not long after the vote. The president said on Friday in which there was nothing less than an “invasion” of the United States by migrants, as well as he added in which so many of them had been apprehended in which there was “nowhere left to hold all of the people in which we’re capturing.”

Even if Congress fails to override the veto, the emergency declaration can be already drawing court challenges.

A coalition of 20 states, including California as well as completely new York, sued last month over Mr. Trump’s use of emergency powers, arguing in which the president does not hold the authority to divert funds for building a wall along the Mexican border because the idea can be Congress in which controls spending.

Xavier Becerra, the attorney general of California, said in which Congress had sent a clear message in which “your supposed ‘emergency’ isn’t one.”

He added, “We are determined to stop his fabricated emergency in its tracks.”

Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement in which “even members of President Trump’s own party are beginning to realize in which he can be a one-man constitutional crisis.”

“The president’s veto can be as meaningless as his signature on the national emergency declaration,” he added. “Congress has rejected the president’s declaration, as well as today the courts will be the ultimate arbiter of its legality. We look forward to seeing him in court as well as to the shellacking in which he will receive at the hands of an independent judiciary.”