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

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

President Trump used his veto power for the first time Friday to overturn a congressional resolution that would have blocked him from using defense funds to build the border wall with Mexico.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., had said he would oppose the declaration but reversed course on the Senate floor, saying that he was "sympathetic" to Trump's push to deal with the crisis at the border.

Flanked by law enforcement officials as well as the parents of children killed by people in the country illegally, Trump maintained that he is not through fighting for his signature campaign promise, which stands largely unfulfilled 18 months before voters decide whether to grant him another term.

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.

We will add video when it becomes available.

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.

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Vice President Mike Pence met with Republican senators this week to push Lee's plan, saying Trump would support it. To win Senate approval, the House resolution needs four Republican votes along with those of all its Democrats.

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On the other hand, the opposition Labour party, with its 247 MPs, is likely to reject May's proposal. The latest pact stressed the "legal force" and "binding character" of the withdrawal agreement.

Speaker Pelosi on upcoming House override vote of President Trump's first veto: "On March 26, the House will once again act to protect our Constitution and our democracy from the President's emergency declaration by holding a vote to override his veto".

And Trump made clear how he plans to respond, tweeting the word "VETO!" in all-caps moments after Thursday's vote. "I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!"

The declaration is already the subject of a legal challenge.

Trump has said he wants a wall to prevent immigrants from crossing into the United States, describing the situation as a national emergency. He explained the legality of Donald Trump's countermeasure. "Think of that", he said. "To me, border security is national security". That declaration was an effort to circumvent Congress to secure more money for his southern border wall.

Trump's national emergency declaration almost a month ago is paired with a number of executive actions created to make approximately $8 billion of funding available to begin construction on a wall along the southern border.

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