The Senate needed a two-thirds majority but failed with a 49-44 vote, which means that Trump’s veto is lifted. Seven GOP senators have joined the Democrats.
Trump vetoed the wartime resolution on Wednesday, calling the bipartisan measure “insulting” and argued that it was part of a ploy. Democrats to divide Republicans and remove him from office in November.
“The few Republicans who voted for the project played in their hands,” he said. “Contrary to the resolution, the United States does not use force against Iran.”
It was Trump’s seventh veto as president.
There have only been 111 successful veto exemptions in history. With 93 senators voting on Thursday, they needed 62 votes to become the 112th, but they are far from having succeeded.
Among the 49 votes for, seven Republicans broke with Trump: Sens Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Todd Young of Indiana and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran joined the Democrats to pass the War Powers resolution in February, but did not vote on Thursday.
The resolution followed a January air strike ordered by Trump who killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, at Baghdad International Airport. The attack was followed by an air attack by Iran against an Iraqi base home to American troops, in which dozens of people suffered. traumatic brain damage.
In his veto message, Trump said the resolution would have hindered the ability of an American president to protect America’s allies.
“The resolution implies that the president’s constitutional power to use military force is limited to defending the United States and its forces from an imminent attack,” he said. “It is incorrect. We live in a hostile world of evolving threats, and the Constitution recognizes that the President must be able to anticipate the next actions of our adversaries and take swift and decisive action in response. That’s what I did!”
Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., Is the author of the bipartisan resolution to limit Trump’s war powers and urged colleagues to overturn the president’s veto, saying that legislation is necessary to avoid unnecessary war in the Middle-East.
He said he was “shocked” that Trump thinks that a congressional decision to assert his constitutional war and peace powers had to do with his elections and his November policy.
“What I find so remarkable about this statement is that the President was unable to see Congress express an opinion on the war from a perspective other than himself and his re-election,” said Kaine in a speech before the vote.
Senator James Inhofe, R-Okla., However, praised Trump’s “most daring” defense policy decision to strike the “monster” of Soleimani and said that Trump had shown in the months since qu ‘He was not going to go to war with Iran.
“I think it was twisted to make the president look bad,” said Inhofe. “In his heart, he knew what he was doing at the time.”
The Senate adopted the initial measure of war powers 55-45 in February with the help of eight GOP senators, as did the House in March 227-186 with the help of six Republicans.
The attempt to waive the veto has not gone to the House since the Senate’s failure on Thursday. A two-thirds majority vote in both chambers is required.
Chad Pergram, Louis Casiano and Morgan Philips of Fox News contributed to this report.