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 TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Trump denies 'tantrum' in meeting with Pelosi: 'It is all such a lie!' MORE and Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' 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