Trump vetoes legislation to strike down his emergency declaration for border wall

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President Donald Trump has vetoed a measure from Congress that revoked his declaration of a national emergency at the US-Mexico border.

"People hate the word "invasion" but that's what it is", Trump said. The resolution had previously passed the Democrat-controlled House.

"Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it". And I have to, in particular, thank the Republican. senators that were on our side and on the side of border security and on the side of doing what they have to to keep our nation safe.

Critics have said Trump's emergency declaration violates the Constitution because Congress has the power to control spending.

Republicans joined Senate Democrats in blocking the order, but there do not appear to be enough votes for an override.

Trump's national emergency declaration almost a month ago is paired with a number of executive actions created to make approximately $8 billion of funding available to begin construction on a wall along the southern border.

Trump rejected entreaties from several Senate Republicans to agree to a compromise that would curtail his national emergency powers and instead framed the vote not as a matter of constitutional concerns, but rather as a litmus test on border security.

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Trump said the situation on the southern border was "a tremendous national emergency", adding that "our immigration system is stretched beyond the breaking point".

Speaker Nancy Pelosi assembled a bipartisan group to reverse the national emergency despite threats that Trump would veto it when it reached his desk.

While some lawmakers - including some Republicans - have argued against the President's use of national emergency powers in this instance, the Justice Department set forth a robust defense of the President's authority to do so in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this month, according to a copy obtained by CNN on Friday. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. "This would be the first time that a president has ever asked for a certain amount of money from Congress, Congress has refused to provide it, and then the president has declared a national emergency under the 1976 act and said, 'I'm going to spend the money anyway'".

The resolution was approved in the aftermath of the killing of US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.

Still, a White House official said Trump won't forget when senators who opposed him want him to attend fundraisers or provide other help.

Despite the embarrassing defections, Trump's grip on the party remains strong and the White House made it clear that Republicans resisting Trump could face political consequences.

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