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 TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem 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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"[Senate Minority Leader] Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTop Senate Dem: Officials timed immigration policy around 2020 election Senate fight derails bipartisan drug pricing bills Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges MORE [D-N.Y.] and [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Klobuchar: 'I have seen no reason why' Hunter Biden would need to testify Johnson dismisses testimony from White House officials contradicting Trump as 'just their impression' 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.