Sen. Marco Rubio: National Emergency Move Could Hurt GOP

Sen. Marco Rubio: National Emergency Move Could Hurt GOP

President Trump has indicated that he is willing to declare a national emergency in order to get funding for the border wall.

"We have to be careful about endorsing broad uses of executive power", Rubio told CNBC.

He added the president has to keep his campaign promise he would build a wall along the nation's southern border, but declaring the situation a national emergency would set up a risky precedent.

Most recently, Trump walked out of a meeting with Congress members and is considering declaring a national emergency to get the wall built if lawmakers won't approve the necessary funds, according to the New York Times.

Graham's remarks reflect the building frustration on Capitol Hill on the 20th day of the partial government shutdown over President Trump's $5 billion demand for border wall funding which the Democrats are refusing to meet.

The proposal mirrored a measure the Senate rejected a year ago after opposition from the White House and senior adviser Stephen Miller.

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"It's not going to change a damn thing, but I'm still doing it", President Trump said of the border visit during a meeting between the President and network anchors Tuesday afternoon. Trump on Thursday toured the U.S. -Mexico border in Texas to draw attention to the need for more border security. "I'm not prepared to endorse that right now; I want to think about it some more, I want to dig in to some of the historical record as to why that power is there, how it's been used in the past". However, he appeared to hold out hope for making a deal to secure wall funding and fully reopen the government.

Analysts say the declaration would likely be challenged in court as a case of presidential overreach, in which case the wall still could face being blocked. "He had a temper tantrum.' Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy said no to proper Border Security, I politely said bye-bye and left, no slamming!"

"I don't have temper tantrums", he said.

"Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way", Schumer said. Things could only get worse on Saturday, when news outlets and television networks will be able to declare this the longest continuous shutdown in United States history.

"Everyone wants us to win this battle", Trump said.

On Thursday, US media reported the White House had asked the Army Corps of Engineers to look into the possibility of diverting funds allocated for relief projects in areas damaged by natural disasters, such as Puerto Rico and Florida.

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