GOP senator: 'I would hate to see' Trump declare national emergency over border

GOP senator: 'I would hate to see' Trump declare national emergency over border
© Stefani Reynolds

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSunday shows - Russia standoff over Ukraine dominates Ron Johnson: 'Americans are not looking for election reform' Democrats torn over pushing stolen-election narrative MORE (R-Wis.) on Sunday said he would "hate" to see President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE declare a national emergency in order to build a wall on the southern U.S. border.

"I would hate to see it," he said on CNN's "State of the Union" when pressed on the president's threat to end a stalemate over border wall funding using his emergency powers.

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"Using that act would be, in this instance, would be a far larger act than has ever occurred in the past," Johnson said. "I'd prefer not, primarily because if we do that, it's going to go to court and the wall won't get built. I want to see this wall get built. I want to keep pressure on Democrats to come to the negotiating table in good faith and fund what they have supported in the past."

A partial government shutdown, which is now in its fourth week, began because Trump and Democrats were unable to agree on a government spending bill that Trump wants to include border wall funding.

Trump has floated the possibility of using an emergency declaration to end the deadlock and secure funding for the wall, but most Republicans have been reluctant to support the idea. Both the White House and Republican leaders have acknowledged such a use of presidential powers would likely end up challenged in court.

Trump appeared to back off the idea late last week, saying he would "rather not" do it.