Graham: KY Kids Would Be Better Off If School Funds Are Diverted To Border Wall

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February 17, 2019 1:49 p.m.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speculated Sunday that middle schoolers in Kentucky who would otherwise benefit from Defense Department funds for school construction would be better off should that money be used for a border wall instead.

Trump administration officials have said that, because President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday, already-appropriated money designated for military construction will be available to build a wall on the southern border instead.

CBS “Face The Nation” host Margaret Brennan asked Graham about the trade-off in an interview Sunday.

“Aren’t you concerned that some of these projects, that were part of legislation that you helped approve in Congress, are now going to be possibly cut out?” she asked.

Graham said the choice of which DOD funds to use was Trump’s, not his, but, should the military middle school construction project get the ax, “I would say it’s better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border.”

“We’ll get them the school they need, but right now we’ve got a national emergency on our hands,” he added.

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