Trump signs first veto of his presidency

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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.

He blasted the "dangerous" and "reckless" resolution passed by Congress that, "if signed into law, would put countless Americans into danger, very grave danger".

"Today I am vetoing this resolution", Trump said, flanked by law enforcement officials at an Oval Office event. The vote to cancel Trump's border emergency, which would allocate $3.6 billion more on border barriers than Congress had allowed, passed 59-41. The House is not expected to have the two-thirds of the chamber's support needed to override the President's veto.

On Thursday, Trump tweeted "VETO!", following the Senate vote.

Trump declared the national emergency after signing a government funding agreement that did not include the money he requested to build a wall.

The veto would be the first of Donald Trump's presidency.

"The House and Senate resoundingly rejected the president's lawless power grab, yet the president has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people", she said in a statement.

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The Republican senators who rebuked Trump were unwavering in their justification, saying Thursday they viewed the unilateral move as unconstitutional and creating a risky precedent for future presidents.

The vote came a day after the Senate called for an end to United States military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, marking the second instance in two days that a Senate that has been mostly deferential to Trump took a position against him.

The president wants to use the emergency order to divert billions of federal dollars earmarked for defence spending towards the southern border wall.

"We clearly have a [border] crisis and we have to address it", Republican Senator Rob Portman told reporters.

The resolution was approved in the aftermath of the killing of US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.

"I think the basic premise of Mike [Lee's] bill is correct", Republican Senator Jerry Moran said Thursday.

The wall was a signature campaign issue for Trump, but he was never able to deliver on his promise to make Mexico pay for it, and the issue languished during his first two years in office. For months, there was a stalemate between Congress and Trump that partially shut down the government for 35 days, the longest shutdown in us history.

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