President Trump on Friday used the first veto of his administration to reject a bipartisan resolution that sought to block his declaration of a national emergency at the border, a move nearly certain to kill the measure.
He called the resolution "dangerous" and "reckless", defending the emergency declaration and saying, "People hate the word invasion, but that's what it is".
Speaker Pelosi on upcoming House override vote of President Trump's first veto: "On March 26, the House will once again act to protect our Constitution and our democracy from the President's emergency declaration by holding a vote to override his veto".
"I'd like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Border Security and the WALL", Trump tweeted ahead of his veto action.
"Today, I am vetoing this resolution", Trump said.
"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.
Trump rejected entreaties from several Senate Republicans to agree to a compromise that would curtail his national emergency powers and instead framed the vote not as a matter of constitutional concerns, but rather as a litmus test on border security.
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However, Democrats and a number of Republicans said his effort represented an unconstitutional expansion of the power of the presidency.
It is not believed there are enough votes to override the president's veto, which would require a two-thirds majority in both chambers.
President Donald Trump returns to the Oval Office after speaking in the Rose Garden at the White House, on February 15.
They included Sens. Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey, Roy Blunt, Lamar Alexander, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, Jerry Moran, Mike Lee, and Roger Wicker.
The vote came a day after the Senate called for an end to USA 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.
"It is definitely a national emergency; rarely have we had such a national emergency", he insisted. Trump had campaigned for president promising Mexico would pay for the wall. Against the advice of GOP leaders, Trump invoked the national emergency declaration last month, allowing him to try to tap about $3.6 billion for the wall by shuffling money from military projects, and that drew outrage from many lawmakers.