WASHINGTON (NBC)— President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday, rejecting Congress’ resolution to terminate his declaration of a national emergency on the southern border.
Trump was responding to the rare rebuke enabled by members of his own party, when the GOP-controlled Senate voted 59-41 on Thursday to approve a House-passed measure that would revoke his national emergency declaration. Twelve Senate Republicans joined the Democrats to cancel the president’s declaration.
Trump declared an emergency in order to claim billions of dollars for a border wall after Congress refused to direct the resources the president requested for the southern border.
The House is expected to vote in an attempt to overturn Trump’s veto in the coming days, although it is unlikely to pass. Still, the president’s emergency declaration faces legal challenges.