Utah Republicans raise questions about national emergency

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Republicans are questioning President Donald Trump's expected declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sen. Mitt Romney tweeted Thursday he's reserving judgment but doesn't believe declaring a national emergency is the right approach.

U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart says it would be a mistake and could set a precedent allowing a future Democratic president to make a similar declaration over gun violence or climate change.

Rep. John Curtis echoed those concerns, though he also withheld final judgment.

Trump is prepared to invoke a national emergency to build the wall after Congress refused to provide the full $5.7 billion he was demanding as part of a budget compromise to avoid a federal shutdown.

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