Graham: Trump made 'persuasive case' that border is broken

Graham: Trump made 'persuasive case' that border is broken

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump's intraparty feuds divide Republicans Trump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP Republicans defend McCain amid Trump attacks MORE (R-S.C.) in an interview broadcast Sunday voiced support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say MORE's move to declare a national emergency to fund a border wall, saying he made a convincing case that the southern border is "broken."

"I think the president's been making a persuasive case that the border is broken," Graham, a key ally of the president, said on CBS's "Face The Nation."

"Drugs are flowing across the border killing Americans, human trafficking. We've got a dangerous situation along the border," he added. "I know that the governor of California agreed to leave a hundred California national guardsmen along the U.S. Mexican border because he could see results in terms of interdicting drugs."

"So I think the president has the authority to deploy troops to the border ... And I think he has the authority while they're there to build barriers."

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Graham added that he supports Trump's "desire to get it done sooner rather than later," saying that he was "disappointed that my Democratic colleagues would not give the president the money to secure the border."

The South Carolina Republican also said he didn't think Trump had opened himself up to legal challenges by saying he didn't need to declare an emergency. 

The comments from Graham came after Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to allocate nearly $8 billion for construction of his long-sought wall along the southern border.  

The Rose Garden announcement from Trump came as he agreed to sign a congressional spending bill without the $5 billion in funds for a border wall he had demanded. 

Graham said last month that Trump needed to declare a national emergency for construction of a wall along the southern border if lawmakers were unable to reach a sufficient deal on border security.  

He contended at the time that declaring a national emergency wouldn't be much different from how previous administrations have used troops at the border.