Trump Plans to Declare a National Emergency at Border — Here’s Where Republicans Stand on the Decision

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As President Donald Trump prepares to declare a national emergency in order to fund border security, Republican lawmakers are speaking out on the situation.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement saying that the president will take the necessary steps to ensure border security.

“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action – including a national emergency – to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” Sanders said.

Some Republicans are speaking out in response to this news, but the comments have been mixed.

Here are some of their reactions to Trump’s plan:

Lindsey Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-La.), a strong supporter of border security, affirmed the president’s strategy of declaring a national emergency.

Marco Rubio

Not all Republicans view the national emergency as an option. In a statement, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) cautioned that the strategy was extreme:

“We have a crisis at our southern border, but no crisis justifies violating the Constitution. Today’s national emergency is border security. But a future president may use this exact same tactic to impose the Green New Deal. I will wait to see what statutory or constitutional power the President relies on to justify such a declaration before making any definitive statement. But I am skeptical it will be something I can support.”

Jody Hice

Representative Jody Hice blamed Democrats for allowing the crisis to reach this point as he announced he “fully” supports the president.


Steve Scalise

Rep Steve Scalise (R-La.) took the time to “applaud” President Trump’s decision to both sign the spending bill and to take steps to “keep America safe.

Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was not pleased with the news, saying that the legislation being passed at the last minute was not right.

“I, too, want stronger border security, including a wall in some areas. But how we do things matters. Over 1,000 pages dropped in the middle of the night and extraconstitutional executive actions are wrong, no matter which party does them,” said Paul.

Paul also tweeted out criticism of calling a national emergency.

Mark Meadows:

House Freedom Caucus Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) indicated that the president is “absolutely right.”

The funding legislation was passed by Congress on Thursday and according to reports, the president will sign it to avoid another government shutdown. However, the bill only provides $1.37 billion for border security.

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