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

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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPassage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Progressive support builds for expanding lower courts McConnell backs Garland for attorney general MORE (R-S.C.) in an interview broadcast Sunday voiced support for President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills 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.