President Trump Vetos Resolution That Ends His National Emergency Declaration

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Trump issued a veto on Friday, preventing Congress's attempt to terminate his national emergency declaration seeking to circumvent lawmakers and appropriate billions of dollars for his southern border wall.

Still, a White House official said Trump won't forget when senators who opposed him want him to attend fundraisers or provide other help. After many had spoken, Trump dramatically signed his veto message and then held the document up for the cameras to capture.

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.

While Congress is unlikely to muster the votes to override the veto, the rebuke from some members of his own party left Trump politically wounded, at least temporarily, as immigration and his planned wall along the USA southern border become a flashpoint again in the 2020 presidential campaign. "I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!" It still faces several legal challenges in federal court.

Mr Trump had declared the emergency in February after Congress refused his requests for $5.7bn (£4.4bn) to construct a border wall - a campaign promise.

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"The President acted well within his discretion in declaring a national emergency concerning the southern border", wrote Boyd in a disclaimer issued to the press shortly after Trump played his trump card.

"We clearly have a [border] crisis and we have to address it", Republican Senator Rob Portman told reporters. "I think the value of these last few weeks is to remind the Senate of our constitutional place".

Barr also made remarks and said President Trump's emergency declaration on the issue is "firmly grounded" in the law. He cited "thousands and thousands" of gang arrests and claimed numerous asylum seekers released into the USA were "stone-cold killers", ignoring data that shows immigrants are less likely to commit crime.

Congress declined and the result was the longest shutdown in us history.

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.

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