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

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

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said Sunday that it would not be his "first choice" to have President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth 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."

ADVERTISEMENT

"[Senate Minority Leader] Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE [D-N.Y.] and [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPence says it's 'vital' for Congress to pass US-Mexico-Canada trade deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' MORE [D-Calif.] are not negotiating with him in good faith, I don’t believe. And so if I was sitting in his position, I would go out there and I would say, ‘I’m going to use whatever power I have to solve the problem,' " Scott added.

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.