GOP rep says he would 'hate' to see Trump declare state of emergency

Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) said Wednesday that he would hate to see President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE declare a state of emergency at the U.S. border amid the ongoing government shutdown. 

"I do think there's an emergency, but I would hate to see the president have to declare a national emergency because it would show that Congress is not working," Bacon told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising." 

"What I have seen over the last 20 years is that Congress's inability to get past these hard issues and creating gridlock, that the presidents of both parties, as well as judges on the bench, legislate from the bench," he continued. "They fill that void." 

Bacon's comments come after Trump did not declare a state of emergency in a presidential address Tuesday, but reiterated his demand for a border wall in the wake of what he called a crisis. 

Trump is demanding $5 billion dollars in funding for his proposed wall, but Democrats are not budging, and have instead have offered $1.3 billion in border security measures. 

"This is Congress's job to fix. We need to compromise. We need to negotiate in good faith," he said. "Right now, I think Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhy President Trump needs to speak out on Hong Kong Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid MORE and Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down MORE are not negotiating in good faith. They're saying wait until the government opens. Well, they said that in December when the government was open, and they refused to negotiate."

"We've got to come together and we've got to find a middle ground, and do our job in Congress, and not leave this for presidential executive order for declaring a national emergency," he said. 

— Julia Manchester