While Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is urging President Trump to declare a national emergency already, his colleague Marco Rubio is cautioning against it. If Trump declares one now over border security, who knows what future Democratic presidents will use one for.
“If today, the national emergency is border security…tomorrow the national emergency might be climate change,” Rubio wondered on CNBC's "Squawk Box."
So, he said, “we have to be careful about endorsing broad uses of executive power,” adding, “I’m not prepared to endorse that right now.”
On the same token, Rubio does seem to support Trump's plans to finally get that border wall built.
We simply cannot allow people to pour into the U.S. undetected, undocumented and unchecked. Which is why I voted numerous times to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. You have to control your borders.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 9, 2019
The senator has also called out Democrats for their short term memory related to border security.
IMPORTANT CORRECTION: Tweet below contained material from other sources which I failed to properly attribute— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 9, 2019
The first sentence should have been attributed to Pres Barack Obama
The other two sentences should have been attributed to Sec Hillary Clinton
We regret the error. https://t.co/olYQTrnGyA
Rubio need not worry yet. At the White House Friday Trump said he had no immediate plans to call for a national emergency.
Yet, the president tweeted all morning on Saturday about his plans to follow through on his campaign promise to build a border wall.
....I do have a plan on the Shutdown. But to understand that plan you would have to understand the fact that I won the election, and I promised safety and security for the American people. Part of that promise was a Wall at the Southern Border. Elections have consequences!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019