Trump signs first veto of his presidency

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Shortly after President Donald Trump vetoed a Senate bill overruling his national emergency, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that Congress will vote to override the veto on March 26.

Mr Trump said that, since 1976, a total of 56 national emergencies have been declared but Congress has not vetoed any of them.

Congress can veto Mr Trump's veto, but it does not look likely that they will have the necessary votes to do so.

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

Trump rejected entreaties from several Senate Republicans to agree to a compromise that would curtail his national emergency powers and instead framed the vote not as a matter of constitutional concerns, but rather as a litmus test on border security.

"It is definitely a national emergency; rarely have we had such a national emergency", he insisted.

Trump was flanked by border officials and people whose family members were killed by someone who was in the United States illegally. "To defend the safety and security of all Americans, I will be signing and issuing a formal veto of this reckless resolution".

She also says the president "is incredibly disappointed" with Republicans who voted against him.

Lawmakers, including 12 Republicans, had passed the rejection resolution on Thursday in a surprising rebuke of Mr Trump's signature issue.

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

In challenging Trump on Thursday, only one Republican who is up for re-election next year - Susan Collins of ME - voted for the disapproval resolution.

Many lawmakers said the vote was not necessarily a rejection of the president or the wall, but protections against future presidents - namely a Democrat who might want to declare an emergency on climate change, gun control or any number of other issues. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Trump tweeted about the political advantage he expects those who supported him will receive.

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