South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said Thursday that he believed that President Trump should use the "emergency powers" to pay for the much discussed wall with Mexico.
Graham said he hoped this tactic would "work" because negotiations with Democrat House President Nancy Pelosi appear to be deadlocked.
"President Pelosi's refusal to negotiate funding for a border wall / fence – even if the government was to be reopened – virtually ended the Congressional process for financing a border wall / fence Graham said in a statement. "It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall / fence."
The financing of a wall – a promise regularly made by Trump during the presidential campaign – was a painful point in the negotiations for the reopening of the government in the context of the partial closure underway.
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Asked later about his statement, Graham replied, "I've always said it would be the last resort, we're here."
"I see no way forward for the president to think it's his," he said. "It seems to me that the only way left for him is to exercise that authority, and I see no action on the part of Congress."
Graham's remarks are a focus of previous comments, in which he stated that he wanted the funding of the fence to go through the credit process. His statement also comes a day after Graham's election as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Congressional sources on both sides of the aisle told Fox News that President Trump had personally killed a "big deal" proposal that was being worked on by Graham and other Republican Senators in the Senate, which would potentially have combined funding from border security to certain immigration measures supported by Democrats.
The president visited Thursday the southern border of Texas, Texas, to try again to create a barrier. He argued that one steel would deter human trafficking and drugs.
"If you have a good barrier, you have no problem," the president told reporters during his tour.
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Before leaving the White House for his trip, the president claimed that he was still willing to declare a national emergency if Congress did not approve funding for a border fence along the border .
"I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency," Trump told reporters. "The lawyers advised me, I'm not ready yet, but if I have to do it, I'll do it."
Mike Emanuel, Jason Donner, Chad Pergram and Alex Pappas of Fox News contributed to this article.