Deeming congressional rejection of his border national emerg
ency “reckless” and “dangerous”, President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presi
dency Friday, insisting the situation on the southern frontier amounted to a threat to Americans’ safety.
”Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it,” Trump said fr
om the Oval Office before officially sending the measure back to Congress without his approval.
It is the first time in his two years in office that Trump has used his presidential v
eto power to block legislation and comes after a dozen Senate Republicans joined Democrats to rebu
ke Trump’s use of his national emergency power to bypass Congress and fund construction of a border wall.
Trump said the resolution, which would have reversed the national emergency, “put countless Americans in danger.”