President Trump on Friday issued the first veto of his presidency, blocking Congress’s attempt to prevent his circumvention of the legislative body to attain funds for his wall at the U.S.-Mexico border by declaring a national emergency.
In an Oval Office ceremony, President Trump said Americans would be put at risk if the “dangerous” and “reckless” resolution became law.
“Today I am vetoing this resolution. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it,” Trump said.
The resolution of disapproval will now return to the Democrat-controlled House, which is expected to hold a vote later this month on overriding the veto. But two-thirds support of the chamber necessary to pass the bill over the president’s objections, and that is expected to fail by about 40 votes.