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Trump loses Senate vote but not party

No evidence to suggest real shift in Republican Party against President

US President Donald Trump may appear to some to have been rebuked - with some critics saying even humiliated - by as many as 12 Republicans joining Senate Democrats to overturn his unilateral move to appropriate funding through a declaration last month of a national emergency for a wall on the Mexico border.

On the face of it, it was indeed a rebuke. But whether it has real significance depends on whether there is a real shift in the Republican Party against the President, and there is no evidence to suggest that.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2019, with the headline 'Trump loses Senate vote but not party'. Subscribe