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President Donald Trump vetoed a congressional disapproval resolution of his national emergency declaration at the USA southern border Friday afternoon, in a ceremony at the Oval Office.

Trump vetoed the resolution passed by the US Senate on Thursday to reject his declaration of a national emergency.

Trump is expected to issue his second veto in the coming weeks over a congressional resolution seeking to end United States backing for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

Moments after the Senate voted 59-41 to disapprove his emergency declaration on Thursday, Trump gave his one-word response: "VETO!" The House is not expected to have the two-thirds of the chamber's support needed to override the President's veto.

US President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency today (NZ time) to secure federal money for a border wall he promised as a candidate and considers a crucial priority for re-election, capping a week of confrontation with both political parties.

"We have presidential candidates on the Democrat side who want to eliminate immigration customs enforcement", said Barrasso.

Trump thanked Republican senators who voted for his declaration in a Twitter post earlier on Friday. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. "This would be the first time that a president has ever asked for a certain amount of money from Congress, Congress has refused to provide it, and then the president has declared a national emergency under the 1976 act and said, 'I'm going to spend the money anyway'".

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The emergency declaration came after Trump failed to win an appropriation for a border wall in a continuing resolution to fund the government last fall.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced soon after the veto that the House would attempt to override it, after returning from a recess later this month.

Trump made a border wall a central promise of his 2016 campaign for the White House. Ahead of the voting, Trump framed the issue as with-him-or-against-him on border security, a powerful argument with many.

Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump painted his usual portrait of a lawless and violent border.

Congress declined and the result was the longest shutdown in us history.

Trump is seeking a total of $8 billion for his wall: $1.375 billion approved by Congress, $600 million from the Treasury Department's drug forfeiture fund, $2.5 billion from the Defense Department's drug interdiction efforts and roughly $3.5 billion from Department of Defense military construction. Trump had campaigned for president promising Mexico would pay for the wall.


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