GOP senator voices concern about Trump order, hasn't decided whether he'll back it

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators call for Barr to release full results of Epstein investigation FBI Agents Association calls on Congress to make 'domestic terrorism' a federal crime Senators renew request for domestic threats documents from FBI, DOJ after shootings MORE (R-Wis.) has expressed concerns about the precedent set by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE's national emergency declaration to reallocate funding for a border wall. 

During an interview with Chuck Todd set to air in full Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Johnson said he shared concerns from other GOP lawmakers that future presidents could follow Trump's example and declare emergencies to circumvent Congress.

“Absolutely I share those concerns which is why we’re going to take a very careful look at what he’s doing here in this instance,” Johnson said.

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He added that he was not sure if he would support a congressional resolution to disapprove of Trump's declaration.

“I’m going to take a look at it and I’ll decide when I actually have to vote on it,” Johnson said in a clip from the interview released Saturday. He added that he would have doubts about the president's declaration if he did not intend to rapidly use the money.

Democrats are readying an aggressive response to Trump's decision Friday to declare a national emergency at the border, including potentially trying to block the move with legal action or legislation.

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Trump on Friday declared an emergency to allocate additional money to build a barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border. The president made the announcement while saying that he would sign a bill to keep the government fully funded through the rest of the fiscal year.

The White House plans to redirect $3.6 billion in military construction funding toward the border project, and repurpose about $2.5 billion from the Defense Department’s drug-interdiction program and another $600 million from the Treasury Department’s asset-forfeiture fund through a separate executive action.

“I could do the wall over a long period of time. I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster,” Trump said when announcing his declaration Friday.

Critics immediately pounced on the comment, arguing it undermined the president's position that an emergency exists at the border. The White House later sought to clarify the remark.

Several groups have already said they would sue the president over the declaration.