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TRUMP DEFENDS 'NATIONAL EMERGENCY' TO DIVERT MONEY TO WALL
Already facing a series of lawsuits over his plan to bypass Congress and shift over $6.6 billion from accounts in the Pentagon and Treasury Department into border security and a border wall, President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his decision to divert those resources away from what the House and Senate approved for the military. "We have absolute right to do that, I have an absolute right call for national security," the President told reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday afternoon. "We need strong borders." Mr. Trump's comments came as the Pentagon was still working through the details of how to implement the President's executive actions, as lawmakers waited to see if military construction projects in their home states would be caught up in Pentagon efforts to fund the border wall. JAMIE DUPREE READ MORE