WATCH: Trump Firmly Defends His First Veto and the “Tremendous National Emergency”

Speaking on Friday from the White House, President Trump discussed his veto of the resolution attempting to block his recent declaration of national emergency at the US-Mexico border, which he called “dangerous.”

“Yesterday, Congress passed a dangerous resolution that, if signed into law, would put Americans in very grave danger,” said Trump, noting that the resolution “would terminate vital border security operations” by revoking his declaration.

The President stated that, in order to “defend the safety and security of all Americans, I will be signing a veto of this reckless resolution,” while going on to give his thanks to Republican Senators who voted “on the side of border security.”

Trump went on to say that “Congress’ vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality,” and pointed to rising numbers of illegal migrants, noting that “last month more than 76,000 illegals” were apprehended at the border.

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“People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is,” said President Trump, adding, “it’s an invasion of drugs and criminals and people.”