President Trump to deliver remarks in Oval Office

Washington. Trump issued the first veto overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding. (AP

Washington. Trump issued the first veto overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding. (AP

Trump issued a veto on Friday, preventing Congress's attempt to terminate his national emergency declaration seeking to circumvent lawmakers and appropriate billions of dollars for his southern border wall.

As president, Trump has the constitutional authority under Article I, Section 7 to reject a proposal from Congress.

The president tweets that he looks forward to vetoing the Senate resolution that would increase "crime, drugs and trafficking"; Kevin Corke reports from the White House.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives had passed the resolution to overturn the emergency last month, and 12 Republicans sided with Democratic Senators to clear the Senate in a 59-41 vote on Thursday afternoon.

While Democrats control the House, they would need a total of 67 votes in the Senate to override Mr Trump's veto.

Republicans who voted against the resolution want money to be there to secure the border, but wanted that to happen through the appropriations process, not through an executive order, said Barrasso, adding that he would have also preferred to do it that way. The fate of Trump's emergency declaration will be left up to the courts, where various legal battles are ongoing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump's veto a "lawless power grab", and railed that, even after both chambers tried to stop him, Trump "has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people". Twelve Senate Republicans sided with Democrats on the issue.

"We clearly have a [border] crisis and we have to address it", Republican Senator Rob Portman told reporters. "Think of that", he said. 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'". "To me, border security is national security". 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. He initially insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall but it has declined to do so.

The president made a border wall a central promise of his 2016 campaign for the White House.

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