President Trump issues his first veto over national emergency rejection, live stream

President Trump issues his first veto over national emergency rejection, live stream

"The President acted well within his discretion in declaring a national emergency concerning the southern border", wrote Boyd in a disclaimer issued to the press shortly after Trump played his trump card.

"Congress has rejected the president's declaration, and now the courts will be the ultimate arbiter of its legality". Although Congress has the ability to override a veto if it can muster a two-thirds majority, that looks highly unlikely, given Thursday's vote.

The emergency declaration is being challenged in court as an unconstitutional usurpation of Congress' power of the purse.

Trump called the resolution reckless and said he was proud to veto it.

Republicans, Pelosi said, "will have to choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution".

Trump expressed pride in the Republicans who did not vote to support the resolution and said later that he had sympathy for those who defied him, adding they did what they had to do.

The veto would be the first of Donald Trump's presidency. They continued to reiterate that a vote for the resolution was not a rebuke to Trump personally, but rather a condemnation of the president's attempt to bypass Congress.

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President Trump will deliver remarks in the Oval Office at 3:30 p.m. ET, White House says.

Just after the Senate vote, Mr Trump tweeted: "VETO!"

When a deal to prevent another shutdown did not give him the funding he requested, Trump declared a national emergency, redirecting funds that were allocated for other projects to build the barrier instead.

"We clearly have a [border] crisis and we have to address it", Republican Senator Rob Portman told reporters. John Barrasso, who voted against the resolution, said Friday. "The same principle should apply, regardless of which party occupies the White House".

"It is definitely a national emergency; rarely have we had such a national emergency", he insisted.

A dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats in approving the joint resolution on Thursday, which capped a week of confrontation with the White House as both parties in Congress strained to exert their power in new ways. "I think the value of these last few weeks is to remind the Senate of our constitutional place".

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