President Donald Trump issued his first veto Friday, undoing the bipartisan effort to terminate his national emergency declaration at the southern border, arguing that the executive branch can bypass Congress in extreme circumstances.
Trump repeated his view that a crisis existed at the border, called the resolution reckless and said he was proud to veto it.
A dozen Republicans joined with Senate Democrats on Thursday to back the joint resolution disapproving of Trump's emergency declaration.
After Trump signed the expected veto, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the body planned to vote for a veto on March 26 on overriding Trump's move.
"I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country", Trump tweeted.
"It is definitely a national emergency; rarely have we had such a national emergency", he insisted.
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Still, a White House official said Trump won't forget when senators who opposed him want him to attend fundraisers or provide other help. The measure ultimately passed 59-41, and Trump immediately vowed to veto.
He also said anyone who votes to overturn the national emergency is "against reality". And I have to, in particular, thank the Republican. senators that were on our side and on the side of border security and on the side of doing what they have to to keep our nation safe.
The resolution was approved in the aftermath of the killing of US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.
Trump originally declared a national emergency on the border last month after Congress granted only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he requested for a wall on the border.
"I think actually a national emergency was designed for a specific goal like this, so we have a great case", Trump said. So, as a practical matter, the administration can continue to spend billions of dollars more on border barriers than lawmakers authorized, unless and until the courts intervene.
Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump painted his usual portrait of a lawless and violent border. For months, there was a stalemate between Congress and Trump that partially shut down the government for 35 days, the longest shutdown in USA history.