Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has been one of President Donald Trump’s biggest supporters during the battle for border funding and he has had enough Democrat excuses for opposing the wall.
For the past three weeks, Democrats and the White House have refused to reach a middle ground over negotiations for funding for a physical barrier at the southern border. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has only offered one dollar to go toward wall funding and this refusal to negotiate has the president considering every option.
Two options currently on the table include leaving the government closed for “years” until Democrats fold or declaring a national emergency to build the wall using other funding mechanisms under the executive branch.
President Trump has said he would prefer to work with Congress to get the wall funded, but those talks aren’t going well. As IJR previously reported, Republicans are split over the president’s threat to use his national emergency powers because of the precedent it could set.
Still, Graham is standing by the president. He even made a public plea for the president to declare the national emergency to build the wall and reopen the government.
Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate on Wall/Barrier funding – even if the government were to be reopened – virtually ends congressional path to fund Wall/Barrier.
Time for President @realDonaldTrump to use emergency powers to build Wall/Barrier.
I hope it works.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 10, 2019
Declare a national emergency NOW.
Build a wall NOW.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 11, 2019
Graham spoke to Fox News Sunday about his call for the president drop negotiations with Congress to build the wall, claiming that the current crisis needs to be addressed.
“I think the [crisis at the border] fits the definition of a national emergency. It’s the last option, not the first option, but we’re pretty close to that being the only option. How do you negotiate with the speaker of the House when she tells you, ‘even if you open up the border, I’m not going to give you but one dollar for the wall?’ So until that changes, there’s not that much left except the national emergency approach. And to my Republican colleagues, stand behind the president if this is his last option. He ran on this as the centerpiece of his presidency and it is a crisis. If you don’t see the crisis, you’re not looking very hard.”
For now, it isn’t clear what the president will decide to do. This partial shutdown is the longest in U.S. history, but Democrats don’t seem willing to fold on their position.