President Donald Trump will issue the first veto of his presidency this afternoon in during a televised ceremony with mothers whose children were killed by illegal immigrants.
The angel moms were present in the Rose Garden when Trump declared his national emergency, and they'll be in the Oval Office when he formally rejects an attempt by Congress to overturn it, the White House announced on Friday afternoon.
A Rose Garden news conference was cast aside in favor of the small group gathering that border security professional will flank him at.
A new vote will not be held in the U.S. House of Representatives until March 26. Lawmakers have already fled the district for a week-long recess. Neither chamber had the votes at first passage to override the president, but opponents of the policy remained hopeful that dozens of Republicans would reconsider their positions by then.
The president predicted the exact opposite, saying in a Friday afternoon tweet that their constituents were going to love them more than they did before.
'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,' he tweeted. 'Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!'
President Donald Trump will issue the first veto of his presidency this afternoon in during a televised ceremony with mothers whose children were killed by illegal immigrants
The Senate voted Thursday to terminate Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the border in the most significant legislative rebuke he has suffered as president.
The 59-41 vote included 12 Republicans who bucked the president to support the measure, which had already cleared the Democratic-run House. The most prominent rebels were Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney.
GOP support for the resolution, which appeared to mushroom in the last 24 hours, was enough to easily ensure passage, setting up the first veto of Trump's presidency.
Trump didn't take long to reveal how he would respond. He blasted out a one-word tweet in all capital letters within minutes of the vote: 'VETO!' he said.
Elaborating a half-hour later, the president said he couldn't wait to exercise his constitutional authority to rebuff Congress for the first time since he took office nearly 26 months ago.
'I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country,' he tweeted. 'I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!'
It was unclear on Thursday afternoon how long it would take for the resolution to reach Trump's desk. He has ten days, excluding Sunday, per the U.S. Constitution, to send the unsigned bill back, or cave and sign it.
Voted down: The moment the Senate decided against Trump's declaration of a border emergency after 12 Republicans rebelled
Donald Trump says he will veto a bipartisan resolution senator passed today that terminates his national emergency. He had put on a show of bonhomie with Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill at a luncheon for Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar
President Trump blasted out his response to the extraordinary rebuke on Twitter with a one-word declaration
In full: After his one-word VETO! tweet Trump attacked Republicans who had voted against him for backing a 'Democratic inspired Resolution'
His campaign started running a poll on what he should do after he announced his veto plans
The measure would have the effect of terminating Trump's use of the National Emergencies Act to reprogram funds to build a border wall – despite a standoff with Democrats during the government shutdown that resulted in Trump being denied the $5.7 billion he was requesting for that purpose.
A dozen Republican senators voted Thursday to block the president's national emergency.
Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
Roy Blunt of Missouri
Susan Collins of Maine
Mike Lee of Utah
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Rob Portman of Ohio
Mitt Romney of Utah
Marc Rubio of Florida
Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
Roger Wicker of Mississippi
Rand Paul of Ketucky
Jerry Moran of Kansas
However, supporters of the measure were short of the 67 votes needed to override his promised veto and lawmakers were leaving town for week-long recess.
The vote seeking to turn back Trump on his signature campaign issue came just a day after the Senate pushed back on his foreign policy – voting to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen. The war is backed by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia, a key ally courted by Trump.
The Republican-run Senate mobilized to try to overturn his national emergency effort after Trump marshaled $6.6 billion more for wall funding than Congress had appropriated using the emergency designation.
Their opposition put Trump in the uncomfortable position of having to censure his own party.
Trump moved to milk the issue not long after the vote by sending out a fundraising email with subject line: 'Veto?' The email blast asked: 'Should President Trump use his veto power to FINISH THE WALL?'
So did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She sent out an email promising to match donations to Democrats dollar for dollar until the president issues a veto.
She signed the resolution immediately, holding it up for cameras to get a good look at it an the huge grin on her face.
The speaker's office had not said as of Thursday evening when it might hold a new vote to see what kind of support it could muster to confront Trump a second time and overturn his promised veto.
Senators rebuked Trump hours after he told them they would have to go through him to end his border emergency. He said Thursday morning that he would use the power of his pen for the first time in his presidency.
A dozen Republicans joined in the rebellion. The list included members of the powerful Appropriations Committee, which has amassed institutional power by steering funds as designated through spending legislation, as well as institutionalists wary of ceding congressional authority to the executive.
Gleeful: Nancy Pelosi wasted no time signing the bill repealing the declaration of a national emergency. It will go to the president's desk where he has ten days to sign or veto it
All smiles: The rebuke for Trump from his own party represents a victory for the Democrats
Pelosi was fundraising off of the vote as quickly as Trump, promising her personally match donations until he signs a veto, dollar for dollar
Defeated: The measure was a rare legislative defeat for Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader
Rebel: Mitt Romney spoke after he rebelled against the Trump emergency declaration
ON THE OTHER HAND: Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who is up for reeelction in 2020, voted against the measure, after being one of the first to back it
But the resistance was severely cut by a pledge that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, himself a former Appropriations 'cardinal,' made to Trump not to support the effort.
'I will vote to support the president's decision later today, and I will encourage our colleagues to do the same,' he said as he opened the vote on the Senate floor.
Republicans voting with Democrats to advance the measure were Tennessee's Lamar Alexander, Utah's Mitt Romney, Ohio's Rob Portman, Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey, Kansas' Jerry Moran, Missouri's Roy Blunt, Maine's Susan Collins, Utah's Sen. Mike Lee, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, Florida's Marco Rubio, and Mississippi's Roger Wicker.
In one unexpected twist, Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who is up for reeelction in 2020, voted against the measure, after being one of the first to back it.
'It's never a tough vote for me when I'm standing on principle,' Tillis said last week when he was in favor of it.
The Washington Post reported that prominent conservative donors and activists had begun talk of recruiting a challenger to Tillis had he voted against Trump on the issue.
Rubio, a former presidential candidate who challenged Trump, said of the emergency declaration: 'No crisis justifies violating the Constitution.'
He added in a statement, 'We have an emergency at our border, which is why I support the president's use of forfeiture funds and counter-drug money to build a wall.
'However, I cannot support moving funds that Congress explicitly appropriated for construction and upgrades of our military bases. This would create a precedent a future president may abuse to jumpstart programs like the Green New Deal.'
Romney told reporters who cornered him in the Senate that he'd spoke to Trump about his vote during a meeting they had last week at the White House.
'Well, he'd rather have me vote in a different direction, but I let him know that this for me is a matter of defending the Constitution,' he said.
Toomey told reporters in the Capitol on Thursday that he was backing the effort, because the subject had because the matter had already been settled during the government shutdown – even though he personally backed Trump's demand for $5.7 nillion in border wall funding.
'It's not at all an unreasonable amount,' said Toomey. 'But the process by which you do that matters. This issue was extensively litigated and adjudicated. We had a government shutdown over this, we eventually got a compromise, which I didn't' even support … but the president signed it,' he added.
Also joining the revolt was Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Appropriations Committee, which derives its power from the ability to direct funding to projects.
Portman, an institutionalist who previously served as U.S. Trade Representative and White House budget director, announced on the Senate floor that he would vote to terminate the designation.
Portman says otherwise, some future Democratic president could use emergency powers to take down the border wall.
'It doesn't mean the president can ignore Congress and substitute his own judgment for the will of the people,' Portman said.
He said he didn't think the purpose of the National