Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has President Donald Trump’s back on the border wall issue, telling the president in a statement on Thursday that he should move forward with declaring a national emergency in order to get the wall built.
"Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi's refusal to negotiate on funding for a border wall/barrier -- even if the government were to be reopened -- virtually ends the congressional path to funding for a border wall/barrier," Graham said in a statement. "It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier."
Though he supports such a move, Graham conceded that using national emergency powers to build the wall might not withstand a legal challenge.
Graham seemed to acknowledge the uncertainty around the move in his statement, saying, "I hope it works."
Earlier Thursday, Graham said it would "get challenged in court for sure as to whether or not this fits the statutory definition of an emergency."
Trump has publicly mentioned the possibility several times in recent days, saying this week that “probably I will do it, I would almost say definitely," if Democrats remain unwilling to fund the wall.
He added: "This is a national emergency."