US President Donald Trump issued his first veto on border security.Trump has vetoed a measure from Congress revoking his declaration of a national emergency at the US-Mexico border.
Lawmakers, including 12 Republicans, had passed the rejection resolution on Thursday in a surprising rebuke of Mr Trump’s pledge to build a border wall.
“As president, the protection of the nation is my highest duty,” Mr Trump said on Friday.
“Yesterday, Congress passed a dangerous resolution that if signed into law, would put countless Americans in danger.Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it. I’m very proud to veto it,”he asserted.
The US president claims that most of the illegal immigrants through southern border were criminals.The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives had passed the resolution to overturn the emergency last month, and 12 Republicans sided with Democratic Senators to clear the Senate in a 59-41 vote on Thursday afternoon.After the Senate vote,Mr Trump tweeted “VETO”.
The highest ranking Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer, said in a statement that Mr Trump “holds the rule of law and our constitution in minimal regard”.
“There is no emergency; 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,” he said.
Earlier in February,The US President has announced emergency after the Congress refused his request of $5.7 billion for the construction of the wall.