Pelosi Triggered as Trump Issues First Veto Over National Emergency
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unloads on the president
President Donald Trump signed his first veto Friday as he took action to block moves designed to sabotage his national emergency declaration on border security.
As promised, President Trump saved his declaration against a resolution passed by the House and Senate to end the emergency at the US Southern Border.
“It is definitely a national emergency," President Trump declared as he prepared to sign the order.
"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.”
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
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was immediately triggered by Trump's move and responded by vowing to attempt to override the president’s veto.
Taking to Twitter, Pelosi unloaded on Presdient Trump, calling the emergency at the border a "#FakeEmergency."
The House and Senate resoundingly rejected @realDonaldTrump’s lawless power grab, yet the President has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress & the will of the American people. #FakeEmergency— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 15, 2019
On March 26, the House will once again act to protect our Constitution and our democracy from the President’s emergency declaration by holding a vote to override his veto. #FakeEmergency— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 15, 2019
House Republicans will have to choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution. #FakeEmergency— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 15, 2019
In an effort to avoid voting in favor of the House's resolution to terminate Trump’s #FakeEmergency, GOP senators are proposing legislation to allow Trump to violate the Constitution *just this once.*— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 13, 2019
The House will not take up this legislation to give President Trump a pass.
The National Emergencies Act gives Congress the authority to pass a resolution striking down an emergency declaration with a majority vote.
But that action is supposed to be based on whether lawmakers feel an emergency or crisis exists – not on the perceived constitutionality of the declaration.
Only the Supreme Court can determine if the declaration is constitutional.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said it best.
“Today the National Securities Act required the Senate to answer one question,” he said.
“Whether there is an ongoing emergency at our southern border.”
President Trump issued the first veto of his presidency Friday afternoon against a resolution passed by the House and Senate to end the national emergency declaration on border security.
“Today I am vetoing this resolution. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it,” Trump said from the Oval Office.
“People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is,” Trump continued, calling the resolution “dangerous” and “reckless.”
Praising GOP senators who voted against the resolution of disapproval on his emergency declaration, Pres. Trump says, "Congress' vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality."— ABC News (@ABC) March 15, 2019
Trump has vetoed the resolution. https://t.co/WWuV7IqF9y pic.twitter.com/Xm3KN2FIOA
The President was flanked by DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Attorney General William Barr and a number of other law enforcement officials.
Angel Moms, mothers of children killed by illegal aliens, were also in attendance.
“The fact that this is an emergency is undeniable,” Nielsen said.
Barr also made remarks and said President Trump’s emergency declaration on the issue is “firmly grounded” in the law.
Earlier today, President Trump thanked Republicans who voted against the measure.
I’d like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Border Security and the WALL. This will help stop Crime, Human Trafficking, and Drugs entering our Country. Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will hold a vote to override President Trump’s veto next week.