Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., on Sunday lashed out at congressional Democrats for not being “serious” about border security, charging they’ve ignored the best advice from experts on the issue.
In an interview on CBS News’ "Face The Nation," the head of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus said the experts are the ones who best know where money is needed.
“I think what Democrats are trying to do is say, ‘you can spend it here, you can't spend it there.’ Really the experts should decide how we spend it,” he said.
“Border Patrol came in to brief the conference. They gave their top-three priorities. And the conferees have said ‘zero money for those top three priorities,’” he added. “How can you be serious about securing our border if the very people that are experts on securing it say ‘these are our top three priorities, we need money,’ and yet they're saying ‘zero dollars for that?’”
Meadows said the amount of money needed can be less than President Donald Trump’s $5.7 billion demand for a wall.
“Honestly, when you look at 0 to 5.7, somewhere in the middle would be a $2 billion to $3 billion range,” he said. “But it's not as much just the dollar amount. It's the flexibility in how to spend it.”
He also predicted Trump will declare a national emergency or use some form of executive authority to secure funding for a wall.
"I do expect the president to take some kind of executive action," he said. "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."