President Trump Vetos Resolution That Ends His National Emergency Declaration

President Donald Trump holds a signed veto in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington D.C. U.S. on Friday

Trump repeated his view that a crisis existed at the border, called the resolution reckless and said he was proud to veto it.

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.

The veto would be the first of Trump's presidency.

Before the Senate voted on terminating Trump's national emergency, he told reporters, "I'll probably have to veto it", and predicted his veto wouldn't be overturned by Congress.

Congressional critics do not appear to have the votes to override Trump's veto.

On Friday, Barr also said the president's emergency order was "clearly authorized under the law".

"It is definitely a national emergency; rarely have we had such a national emergency", he insisted.

Pence meets with Republican senators to quell revolt on emergency declaration
To win Senate approval, the House resolution needs four Republican votes along with those of all its Democrats. Presidents have never before declared an emergency after Congress voted to deny them money for the same goal .

The vote came a day after the Senate called for an end to U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, marking the second instance in two days that a Senate that has been mostly deferential to Trump took a position against him.

"We're bursting at the seams, we can only hold so much", he said. The 12 GOP senators, including the party's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney of Utah, joined the dissent over the emergency declaration order that would enable the president to seize for the wall billions of dollars Congress meant to be spent elsewhere.

"I think the basic premise of Mike [Lee's] bill is correct", Republican Senator Jerry Moran said Thursday.

The president made a border wall a central promise of his 2016 campaign for the White House. Ahead of the voting, Trump framed the issue as with-him-or-against-him on border security, a powerful argument with many.

Still, a White House official said Trump won't forget when senators who opposed him want him to attend fundraisers or provide other help. In a statement, Republican senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said: "Never before has a president asked for funding, Congress has not provided it, and the president then has used the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to spend the money anyway". He noted, correctly, a spike in the number of people coming to the border to claim asylum.

The bipartisan vote in the Senate on Thursday approving the measure was a slap at Trump over his decision to circumvent Congress and take money already designated for other programs to pay for a barrier along the U.S. -Mexico border. His signature ended a 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government, which had been triggered by a showdown after Congress refused to appropriate the $5.7bn he requested to start construction at the border.

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