Building a wall on the southern border to stop migration to the US was Trump’s signature campaign issue in 2016 [Joshua Roberts/Reuters]

Washington, DC – The US Senate has voted 59-41 to reverse President Donald Trump‘s emergency declaration to spend $8bn to build a wall on its border with Mexico.

The vote on Thursday set up the first veto showdown of Trump’s presidency and a major political issue for the 2020 election.

Despite last minute personal appeals from Trump and a White House lobbying campaign, 12 Republicans broke with the president to join the Democrats in voting against the wall.

The margin, however, fell short of what would be needed to override a Trump veto which the US president is likely to do,

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