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President Trump issues his first veto over national emergency rejection, live stream

President Trump issues his first veto over national emergency rejection, live stream

On Friday, Attorney General William Barr also said his emergency order was "clearly authorized under the law".

The White House sought to pare back Republican defections leading up to the vote, with the President and White House aides making clear to Republican senators that a vote against Trump on this issue would have ramifications come re-election time.

In declaring an emergency on February 15, Trump cited drug smuggling across the border from Mexico (misleading), the drop in crime in El Paso, Texas, after a partial border barricade was built there (not true) and reports of women kidnapped, bound with tape and trafficked into the United States across unguarded sections of the border (no evidence exists of this).

"Yesterday, Congress passed a risky resolution that if signed into law, would put countless Americans in danger".

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

Mr Trump repeated his claims that illegal immigrants from the southern border were mostly criminals, bringing drugs into the country.

"I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspires Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country", Trump tweeted shortly after the Senate passed the resolution condemning Trump's unilateral action.

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"Today I am vetoing this resolution", Trump said, flanked by law enforcement officials at an Oval Office event. Twelve Senate Republicans sided with Democrats on the issue.

How did we get here?

Trump originally declared a national emergency on the border last month after Congress granted only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he requested for a wall on the border.

Democrats - and a handful of Republicans - were quick to label the move presidential overreach.

Following the veto, the resolution will return to the House.

It is not believed there are enough votes to override the president's veto, which would require a two-thirds majority in both chambers.