Scott: Emergency declaration not my 'first choice' for Trump to build wall

Scott: Emergency declaration not my 'first choice' for Trump to build wall
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Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said Sunday that it would not be his "first choice" to have President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE declare a national emergency to build a wall along the southern border.

“It’s not my first choice for him to use his emergency powers, but he’s proposed things," Scott said during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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Scott also said he would be "pretty frustrated" if he were Trump.

“If I was the president right now, I’d be pretty frustrated. … When you talk to border security, they say you have to have barriers," Scott said.

Trump, who has demanded that Congress approve funding for the border wall, in recent weeks has raised the possibility that he may declare a national emergency to begin building the wall.

“I think there’s a good chance we’ll have to do that," the president said Friday.

Republican leaders in Congress, however, have cautioned Trump against making an emergency declaration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reportedly warned Trump last week against declaring a national emergency, while Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) has said there is “not much appetite” for Trump to declare an emergency and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has said lawmakers are working “dissuade” Trump from an emergency declaration.