Sen. Graham suggests Trump to use emergency powers to construct wall

There’s a suggestion from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for President Trump how to get funding for the US-Mexico border wall if a deal on the matter is not reached with lawmakers over the next three weeks.

In a tweet on Monday Graham said if Trump is unable to strike a deal he should act through emergency powers to direct construction of a wall along the southern border.

However, the senator added there would not be much difference for Trump directing troops to build a wall with past administrations using troops at the border.

Graham said both Barack Obama and George Bush had sent troops to help secure the border and so there’s no difference if Trump uses troops for constructing barriers at the border.

After 35 days of partial shutdown, the longest in US history, Trump signed a bill Friday to temporarily reopen and fund the government and provide an opportunity for lawmakers to negotiate the border wall building.

Meanwhile, White House officials said the wall will be constructed even if the Congress does not agree after further negotiation.

Trump said, “We’ll work with the Democrats and negotiate, and if we can’t do that, then we’ll do a – obviously we’ll do the emergency because that’s what it is. It’s a national emergency.”

Paul Linus