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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell calls McCain a 'rare patriot' and 'American hero' after Trump criticism The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight GOP steps up attack over tech bias claims 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 TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral 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.