Meadows: I expect Trump 'to take some kind of executive action' if he doesn't get border wall funding

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"I do expect the president to take some kind of executive action," Meadows said on "Face the Nation" on CBS. "A national emergency is certainly part of that. There are a few other things in his toolbox that he could use, but I do expect him to do that if we don’t reach a compromise."

Meadows, the head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said he and other lawmakers are open to a compromise on Trump's initial demand of $5.7 billion for wall funding, but stressed that Congress should be prepared to pass something ahead of Friday's deadline to avert another government shutdown. 


The congressman said "no one wants" another shutdown, but expressed skepticism about the odds of lawmakers reaching a satisfactory agreement on border security.

"What we’re seeing with these negotiations going on, I don’t know that they’re real serious about reaching a compromise," he said.

Trump triggered a recent 35-day government shutdown with his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats have offered funding for other border security measures, but no money for the wall.

The president agreed to reopen the government until Feb. 15 while a bipartisan group of lawmakers negotiate a deal to fund border security. Some members of the group expressed optimism a deal could be reached by Monday, but negotiations appeared to have stalled.

The president has threatened to declare a national emergency if needed to secure funding for the border wall. Several Republicans have expressed skepticism about such a move, however, which would likely prompt swift legal challenges.

"Face the Nation" anchor Margaret Brennan pressed Meadows on his acceptance of Trump's use of executive authority for the wall funding given his previous criticism of former President Obama skirting Congress.

Meadows said he'd be willing to work "in a bipartisan manner to return the power back to Congress," but asked "why should we allow a Democrat president in the White House to use executive orders and not do the same for a Republican president" until the two parties come together.