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Trump Says Would Veto US Congress Bill to Block National Emergency at Border

Sputnik News

04:08 23.02.2019(updated 07:56 23.02.2019)

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House he would veto legislation introduced in the House of Representatives aimed at blocking his national emergency declaration on the US-Mexico border.

"Will I veto it? 100 percent", Trump said on Friday when asked if he would veto the Democrat-led resolution to terminate his national emergency issued to build a wall on the southern border.

Trump added that he does not think the measure would survive his veto.

The House will vote Tuesday on a resolution to block Trump's national emergency declaration. Democratic lawmakers introduced the legislation earlier in the day.

On 15 February, Trump declared a national emergency on the US border with Mexico after Congress refused to allocate the $5.7 billion he requested for border security.

The national emergency declaration will free up $8 billion in federal funding to build a wall on the southern border. The Trump administration aims to divert military funding to install 234 miles of steel barriers along the country's 1,950-mile border with Mexico.


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