WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The time has come for US President Donald Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a wall on the US border with Mexico, Senator Lindsey Graham said in a statement.
“Time for President [Trump] to use emergency powers to build wall/barrier,” Graham said via Twitter on Thursday.
Graham noted that House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi refused to negotiate funding for the border wall, and said Pelosi’s move “virtually ends [the] congressional path” to provide money for the border barrier.
The US federal government has been partially shut down since December 22 over the dispute between congressional Democrats to approve $5.7 billion that Trump seeks to fund the construction of the border wall.
On Wednesday, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with Trump, but the meeting ended quickly after Trump walked out because the Democratic leaders did not compromise on funding for the border wall.