Trump has just vetoed his first bill ever as president, overruling the Congress who sent him a disapproval resolution of his national emergency to his desk:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Trump issues first veto, overrules Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding.— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 15, 2019
Trump signs first veto of his presidency pic.twitter.com/WkXb4Qq2FC— Sebastian Smith (@SebastianAFP) March 15, 2019
Trump: “Today I am vetoing this resolution. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it.”— Franco Ordoñez (@FrancoOrdonez) March 15, 2019
Here’s more from the WSJ:
President Trump on Friday vetoed a congressional resolution disapproving of his national-emergency declaration, asserting his authority to tap funding for barriers on the southern border even though the money hadn’t been appropriated by lawmakers.
“Today I am vetoing this resolution,” Mr. Trump said at an Oval Office event before signing the veto to applause. He was flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, law-enforcement officials and parents of children who were allegedly killed by immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
“Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it,” he said, before calling the resolution “dangerous” and “reckless.”
The veto will be the first of Mr. Trump’s presidency, and lawmakers face a tall order in overriding it, which would require a two-thirds majority in each chamber of Congress. Democratic leaders in the House are planning a vote this month, and the initiative still faces legal and other challenges.
Even though the House will vote later this month on overriding Trump’s veto, it’s highly unlikely they’ll be able to do so.
Even if they do, the Senate is still 8 votes short of the number it would take to override the veto.
And that’s only if McConnell allows it to come up for a vote, which I believe is totally up to him this time.
So as we’ve predicted all along, Trump’s national emergency will continue unabated unless the courts step in to overrule him.