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 TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt 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 SchumerChuck SchumerBiden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy Pelosi, Schumer vow climate action: 'It is an imperative' MORE [D-N.Y.] and [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal 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.