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Graham: More urgent for kids in Kentucky to have secure border than new school

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight Spokesperson says Tennessee Democrat made 'poor analogy' in saying South Carolina voters have extra chromosome MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that middle schoolers in Kentucky would be better off if funds that would otherwise have gone to constructing a new school were used for President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE's proposed border wall. 

Graham was responding to a question regarding where Trump will get the money for the border wall now that he has declared a national emergency. 

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"It's better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border. We'll get them the school they need, but right now we've got a national emergency,” Graham said while appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” 

Trump is faced with a decision following his national emergency declaration as to where the border wall funds will come from.

Graham was asked if he was concerned about the $3.6 billion already allotted to the Department of Defense for military construction efforts instead being used for border wall construction.

“Well the president will have to make a decision where to get the money,” Graham said in response.

Graham’s remarks come just days after Trump declared a national emergency to allocate nearly $8 billion for construction of his long-sought wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Graham said he supports Trump’s decision and last month called for Trump to declare a national emergency if Congress did not provide sufficient funding.