Trump vetoes measure that threatened his border wall plans

President Donald Trump holds a signed veto in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington D.C. U.S. on Friday

"Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it".

Before the Senate voted on terminating Trump's national emergency, he told reporters, "I'll probably have to veto it", and predicted his veto wouldn't be overturned by Congress.

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.

The resolution passed the GOP-controlled Senate by a vote of 59-41 - with 12 Republicans defying the president - after it was approved by the Democrat-controlled House.

As the USA and the European Union struggle to iron out their differences on trade, Trump said, "they are willing to talk to us and if they don't talk to us, we're going to do something that's going to be pretty severe economically". "This will help stop Crime, Human Trafficking, and Drugs entering our Country", the president tweeted.

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

Lee, meanwhile, had introduced a bill that would end future emergency declarations after 30 days, in an effort to allow Republicans to vote against the resolution.

Republican senators who bucked the president said they did so to preserve congressional control over the government's purse strings. The House is not expected to have the two-thirds of the chamber's support needed to override the President's veto. 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'".

Trump's reelection campaign began fundraising off the veto early Friday afternoon, sending out an email asking supporters to donate to a "Official Wall Defense Fund".

Trump insists he's on solid legal ground, however.

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