Deeming congressional rejection of his border national emergency “reckless” and “dangerous”, President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency Friday, insisting the situation on the southern frontier amounted to a threat to Americans’ safety.
“Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it,” Trump said from the Oval Office before officially sending the measure back to Congress without his approval.
It is the first time in his two years in office that Trump has used his presidential veto power to block legislation and comes after a dozen Senate Republicans joined Democrats to rebuke Trump’s use of his national emergency power to bypass Congress and fund construction of a border wall.
Trump said the resolution, which would have reversed the national emergency, “put countless Americans in danger.”
“There haven’t been too many that are bigger emergency than what we have” at our border, he said.
Trump was surrounded at Friday’s event by officials from Customs and Border Protection as well as surviving family members of those who have loved ones killed by undocumented immigrants. Attorney General William Barr was also at the President’s veto event.