President Trump on Friday rejected legislation to overturn his declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the southwestern border, using his first veto.
“Today, I am vetoing this resolution. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it,” the American President said to media. Attorney General William P. Barr said the president’s emergency order was “clearly authorized under the law” and “solidly grounded in law.” The veto, which was expected, will send the legislation back to Congress. There’s not going to be an override. Lawmakers don't have enough votes to override Trump's veto.
“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,” declared Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader. The president said on Friday that he understood why some Republicans believed he had overreached. It’s a big battle. A coalition of 20 states, including California and New York, sued last month over Mr. Trump’s use of emergency powers, arguing that the president does not have the authority to divert funds for building a wall along the Mexican border because it is Congress that controls spending.