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Trump says he would veto measure blocking emergency declaration

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Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a red door: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the National African American History Month Reception at the White House in Washington © Reuters/JIM YOUNG U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the National African American History Month Reception at the White House in Washington

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican, said on Friday he would veto a measure to block the national emergency declaration he issued to build a wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico.

Trump issued the declaration last week when Congress did not fulfill his demand for $5.7 billion this year to help build the wall.

The Democrat-majority House of Representatives earlier on Friday introduced a resolution aimed at stopping the declaration, with plans to vote on it on Tuesday. If passed in both congressional chambers, Congress would require a two-thirds majority to override a presidential veto.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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