Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case 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 TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' 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.
"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's emergency declaration for border wall funds could cut money for projects like a Kentucky middle school.— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 17, 2019
Graham: "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" pic.twitter.com/Vty1rbx979
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.