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President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed a measure to terminate his emergency declaration to fund a border wall, striking back at Republican and Democratic lawmakers who opposed the controversial move with the first veto of his presidency.

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

Twelve of Trump's fellow Republicans joined Democrats to pass the measure to end the emergency declaration.

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

President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed legislation attempting to strike down his declaration of a national emergency at the southern border during an Oval Office event from the White House.

The president has said he wants a wall to prevent immigrants from crossing into the United States illegally.

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Alexander added that he shares the president's goal of border security, but warned allowing Trump to redirect money without authorization could set a risky precedent.

He also said anyone who votes to overturn the national emergency is "against reality".

According to News 6 partner Florida Today, Ivey was among 50 sheriffs who appeared with Trump in D.C.to talk immigration and border security back in September. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told reporters.

"I think the basic premise of Mike [Lee's] bill is correct", Republican Senator Jerry Moran said Thursday. That resolution seeking to end USA backing for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen was approved in the aftermath of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and is expected to be the subject of Trump's second veto.

Trump made a border wall a central promise of his 2016 campaign for the White House. So, as a practical matter, the administration can continue to spend billions of dollars more on border barriers than lawmakers authorized, unless and until the courts intervene. He cited "thousands and thousands" of gang arrests and claimed numerous asylum seekers released into the US were "stone-cold killers", ignoring data that shows immigrants are less likely to commit crime. His signature ended a 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government, which had been triggered by a showdown after Congress refused to appropriate the $5.7bn he requested to start construction at the border.


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