Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that it’s more urgent for “middle school kids” in Kentucky to have secure border than new school.
Graham was responding to a question regarding where President Trump will get the money for the border wall now that he has declared a national emergency.
“It’s better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border. We’ll get them the school they need, but right now we’ve got a national emergency,” Graham said while appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Trump’s emergency declaration for border wall funds could cut money for projects like a Kentucky middle school.
Graham: “It’s better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border. We’ll get them the school they need, but right now we’ve got a national emergency” pic.twitter.com/Vty1rbx979
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Graham’s remarks come just days after Trump declared a national emergency to allocate nearly $8 billion for construction of his long-sought wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Earlier, Graham said that many lawmakers in Congress only oppose the border wall because Mr. Trump is the person proposing it.
“Unfortunately, when it comes to Trump, the Congress is locked down and will not give him what we’ve given past presidents,” Graham said. “So unfortunately, he’s got to do it on his own, and I support his decision to go that route.”
The president dissatisfied with the $1.375 billion Congress provided him for barriers at the southern border. Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to gain more funds to construct border barriers.