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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study Biden aide: Ability to collect daily intel in Afghanistan 'will diminish' Leaving Afghanistan: Is it victory or defeat? 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 TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics 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.