(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.
Trump spent the days leading up to the vote — which the Senate was legally required to hold, following House passage of the measure — lobbying Republicans to support his move. Two of the most vulnerable 2020 Republicans, Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., voted against the resolution to end the emergency.
Republicans who broke from Trump cited constitutional concerns about the potential precedent set by his use of emergency executive power.