"Presidents have exercised broad discretion in determining what challenges and situations amount to national emergencies".
Trump declared a national emergency last month, after Congress authorized only $1.3 billion in border wall funding, far short of the $5.7 billion Trump had asked for.
His re-election campaign also sought to raise money on the issue, sending a message to supporters in Trump's name that read, "I look forward to VETOING the Dem inspired OPEN BORDERS & Pro-Crime resolution!". "I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!"
The bipartisan vote on Thursday was a slap at Trump for his decision to circumvent Congress and take money already designated for other programs to pay for a barrier on the southern border. It it a tremendous crisis. We're on track for a million illegal aliens to rush our borders.
He called the resolution "dangerous" and "reckless", defending the emergency declaration and saying, "People hate the word invasion, but that's what it is". We have no idea who they are, but we capture them because border security is so good, but they're put in a very bad position, and we're bursting at the seams. The president, without acknowledging that lobbying, said he had sympathy for those who defied him, adding they did what they had to do. 70,000 Americans a year are killed by drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. "To me, border security is national security".
"Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it", he said. The numbers did not make it to the level required to override a veto, meaning Trump would secure his plans despite congressional disapproval. The Republican-controlled Senate passed the original measure 59-41 Thursday. On February 26, the House of Representatives voted 245-182 to do the same.
British MPs vote in favor of ruling out a ‘no-deal’ Brexit
Leaving the European Union without an agreement, some experts worry, could lead to food shortages and trade-related chaos. He told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme: "Between those very unpleasant choices, I think no Brexit is the bigger risk".
US President Donald Trump signs the first veto of his presidency in the Oval Office of the White House, overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding.
About $601 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund.
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 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 made clear ahead of the vote and after the vote that he would issue a swift veto.