Presidential hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar criticized President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency on Saturday and wondered what would be affected by his moving money from other national priorities.
The Minnesota Democrat told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux, “When you look at the declaration of national emergencies in the past it has been for actual national emergencies, it has been for things like hurricanes and firefighters and earthquakes and things like that.”
“Where’s he going to get this money? He’s going to take it from other security priorities and disaster priorities for our country,” Klobuchar told Malveaux.
Trump declared on Friday a national emergency at the southern border to unlock billions of dollars in federal funds to build a border wall, while also signing a spending bill from Congress that includes $1.375 billion for new fencing along the border. The spending bill averted another government shutdown.
Klobuchar said she voted for the spending bill because she has “always supported border security,” adding, “I just think we have to be smart about how we do it.” The senator said she supported “some fencing,” “some barriers,” and a focus on ports of entry, where drug traffickers are a concern.
Klobuchar told Malveaux the spending bill that Trump signed on Friday is “very similar to what we had in the beginning.” She added, “the question is, why did he put America through a shutdown - the longest shutdown in history?”