A Lot Of Republicans Are Worried About The Dangerous Precedent Trump Could Set With A National Emergency Declaration For The Border Wall

A number of Republican lawmakers have expressed concerns about the ramifications of President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency to fund the wall he wishes to build along the US-Mexico border.

Trump has floated the idea amid an impasse with Democratic lawmakers over border wall funding, which has led to a partial government shutdown. The president on Thursday said he's hopeful Democrats will "compromise" on the issue, but that he's still willing to declare a national emergency if they don't.

"Either we're going to win or make a compromise," Trump told reporters before departing for a trip to a border city in Texas. "I'm OK to making a compromise. Compromise is in my vocabulary a very strong word. And so, we're either going to have a win, make a compromise because I think a compromise is a win for everybody, or I will declare a national emergency."

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close ally of Trump, has in recent days called on the president to invoke his emergency powers to build the wall.

But other members of the GOP are not on the same page.

'I don't think he should do that. I think it's a bad precedent.'

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday warned Trump that if he declares a national emergency on this issue it could set a precedent that may lead to actions from Democratic presidents in the future that are unpalatable to conservatives.

"If today, the national emergency is border security ... tomorrow the national emergency might be climate change," the Florida senator said during an interview with CNBC.

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Source : https://www.businessinsider.com/government-shutdown-republican-lawmakers-worried-trump-national-emergency-border-wall-2019-1

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