Trump Officially Vetoes Decision To Overturn National Emergency Declaration
President Donald Trump has officially vetoed the measures taken to reverse his decision to declare a national emergency on the southern border of the United States and Mexico.
At the signing ceremony, Attorney General Bill Barr has spoken out in defense of the president's declaration of a national state of emergency.
Barr feels the president's decision was “clearly authorized under the law,” and that border situation is precisely the type of situation that warranted presidential intervention of this kind.
President Trump issues his first veto - "It is definitely a national emergency ... Therefore to defend the safety and security of all Americans, I will be signing and issuing a formal veto of this reckless resolution and that's what it was." Full video - https://t.co/uM8RT84i6t pic.twitter.com/O06Jkqd1QW— CSPAN (@cspan) March 15, 2019
The veto comes a day after the Senate voted 51-41 to pass the measures to block Trump's emergency declaration, with 12 Senate Republicans voting in favor of the resolution.
The veto is the latest development in Trump's attempt to fund a border wall to combat illegal immigrants.
"I don't know that I've ever been more proud to be standing next to your desk than I am today," Vice President Mike Pence said to Donald Trump before the president formally vetoed the bipartisan resolution blocking his national emergency declaration https://t.co/NRzHXNA79I pic.twitter.com/n4TUVmXYY4— POLITICO (@politico) March 15, 2019
Trump declared a national emergency after his initial request for $5.7 billion from Congress to build the wall was rejected. Congress granted only a small percentage of the amount requested.
By declaring a national emergency, President Trump would be in a position to access a further $3.6 billion toward the building of the wall.