After visiting the southern border on Thursday to hear from law enforcement personnel and officials on border security and push his campaign promise of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” where he slammed Democrats opposing him for “political” reasons.
As the partial government shutdown heads into its 21st day, the president is inching closer to declaring a national emergency as he feuds with top Democrats over his proposed $5.6 billion for border wall funding.
During his visit to the McAllen, Texas, a city along the southern border, President Trump participated in a roundtable discussion, as IJR Red reported.
Watch the roundtable discussion below:
Appearing on “Hannity” at the end of his border visit, the president took a swipe at Democrats opposing him on the wall and border security, saying, “It’s not a money thing, it’s a political thing.”
The president said he’s being opposed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, along with other Democrats, because they’re “not feeling too good” about the upcoming 2020 presidential race.
“They’ll do whatever they can to win,” President Trump said.
Both Pelosi and Schumer have called the president’s continued push for a wall to curb illegal immigration a “manufactured crisis” at the border, as IJR Red noted.
Bringing up previous comments made by top Democrats supporting border security, host Sean Hannity suggested, “shouldn’t the win be about the country being safer, more secure,” instead of Democrats not wanting to give the president a possible win with following through a campaign promise.
The president responded that Democrats know he’s “100 percent right.”
“If you don’t have a barrier whether it’s a steel barrier or a concrete wall substantial and strong you’re never going to solve this problem. You’re never going to solve it. And I don’t need this look I could have done something a lot easier I could have enjoyed myself I haven’t left the White House because I’m waiting for them to come over in a long time.”
President Trump highlighted the fact that he has “100 percent” kept furloughed workers in mind and supports them, however, he also supports the families who have lost loved ones due to illegal immigration.
Watch the video below:
On the possibility of declaring a national emergency as he pushes the idea that “walls work,” President Trump said, “We’re going to see what happens over the next few days.”
If the partial government shutdown continues to the end of the day, this will be the longest shutdown in history.