Skip to content
dailynews
March 26, 2019

Trump signs first veto of his presidency to override bipartisan bill blocking his emergency order on border wall

March 16, 2019
President Trump speaks about border security in the Oval Office of the White House after signing the first veto of his presidency. (Evan Vucci / AP)

Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency Friday to keep his dream alive of using taxpayer cash to build a massive Mexican border wall.

Surrounded by Cabinet officials and a couple of cowboy hat-wearing law enforcement officials, Trump signed the veto to overturn a resolution passed by the Senate a day earlier that would have rescinded the national emergency he declared on Feb. 15 in an effort to bankroll his long-sought wall without congressional approval.

Advertisement

“It is definitely a national emergency. Rarely have we had such a national emergency,” Trump said, sitting behind the Resolute Desk. “Therefore, to defend the safety and security of all Americans, I will be signing a formal veto of this reckless resolution.”

He added, “Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it.”

Twelve Republican senators — far more than initially expected — joined their Democratic colleagues and voted to block Trump’s emergency order on Thursday, arguing the President’s maneuver was unconstitutional since it circumvented Congress’s power of the purse.

The Democratically-controlled House passed the same emergency-blocking resolution a week earlier, with the help of 18 Republicans.

The resolution’s passage in both chambers underscored the unpopularity of Trump’s emergency order, and his having to issue his first-ever veto to block it marks a major embarrassment for a President who otherwise brags of his party’s “unity.”

Trump’s veto punts the resolution back to Congress, where lawmakers can override the executive action if two-thirds of each chamber join together against it.

However, neither the House nor the GOP-controlled Senate are expected to be able to meet the high veto override threshold, likely allowing the President to continue on his do-it-alone path to try to build the wall he used to promise Mexico would pay for.

Nonetheless, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promptly scheduled a March 26 vote on blocking Trump’s veto.

“House Republicans will have to choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said.

Even if Congress fails to override the veto, Trump’s emergency declaration is being challenged in several federal courts, where it could be gridlocked in litigation for months.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed one of the lawsuits challenging the legality of Trump’s order, argued the President’s veto is “as meaningless as his signature on the emergency declaration.”

“The courts will be the ultimate arbiter of the declaration’s legality. We will see him there,” ACLU said in a statement.

The President appeared to acknowledge that the fate of his emergency order will ultimately be settled by judges and claimed he therefore hadn’t put “pressure” on GOP senators to vote with him.

“I said when I need your vote I will let you know,” Trump said.

Advertisement

Related Gallery

Take a look back at all eight of Trump’s functionally-flawed, border wall prototypes in San Diego

He also claimed he has “a very strong” legal case on the national emergency — something Democrats vehemently disagree with, considering he signed off on funding legislation earlier this year that only earmarked $1.3 billion for border fencing and then dragged out his emergency order for weeks, undermining his own sense of urgency.

Moreover, Democrats argue there isn’t truly an emergency on the southern border, as illegal entries have been dropping for years while most of the drugs that flow into the country from Mexico come through legal ports of entry where a wall would be of no help.

Subsequently, Democrats contend Trump has invented an emergency in a legally questionable attempt to fulfill one of his key campaign promises.

“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,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said after Trump’s 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.”

Facebook Comments
Free Download WordPress Themes
Download Nulled WordPress Themes
Free Download WordPress Themes
Download WordPress Themes
download udemy paid course for free