nzherald: That was the only word Donald Trump had to say after the US Senate voted to block his national emergency declaration over the southern border.

The chamber passed the measure in a comfortable 59-41 vote, with 12 Republicans supporting the move to block Trump’s measure.

Trump tweeted his one-word response shortly after the vote was announced:

He later said he looks “forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution,” thanking Republicans “who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!”

This will mark the first veto of Trump’s presidency.

Neither chamber is likely to have the votes to override the President. They would each need a two-thirds majority to override a block by the White House, and both parties say the numbers are not likely there.

In a subsequent tweet, Trump accused the Republicans who voted against him of standing with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“It won’t be overturned and the legal scholars say it’s totally constitutional,” Trump told reporters of his emergency.

Senator Mitt Romney, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, was among the dozen Republicans who opposed Trump on the declaration, saying he cast his vote “for the constitution and for the balance of power that is at its core”.

Source: Published by nzherald

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