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‘They’d Rather Have Open Borders Than an Open Government’: McCarthy Nails Dems Over Failed Border Wall Talks

Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats over the partial government shutdown have been at a standstill, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Saturday claimed Democrats are to blame.

The leadership teams from both sides have met several times, but no progress has been made between the two sides, prompting a record-breaking government shutdown. So far, President Donald Trump has said he would be willing to keep the government shut down for “years” to secure his $5 billion request for wall funding.

Democrats, on the other hand, have only offered up one dollar toward wall funding and have dubbed the shutdown “the Trump shutdown.”

McCarthy, however, doesn’t see it that way. During an interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, he explained how Trump has been willing to negotiate, but Democrats haven’t brought any counter-offers beyond their starting point of one dollar.

Watch below:

Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats over the partial government shutdown have been at a standstill, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Saturday claimed Democrats are to blame.

The leadership teams from both sides have met several times, but no progress has been made between the two sides, prompting a record-breaking government shutdown. So far, President Donald Trump has said he would be willing to keep the government shut down for “years” to secure his $5 billion request for wall funding.

Democrats, on the other hand, have only offered up one dollar toward wall funding and have dubbed the shutdown “the Trump shutdown.”

McCarthy, however, doesn’t see it that way. During an interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, he explained how Trump has been willing to negotiate, but Democrats haven’t brought any counter-offers beyond their starting point of one dollar.

Watch below:

“I’ve watched [President Trump] in these meetings. He’s made offer after offer. The only people in these meetings that have not made a counter-offer are the Democrats. The Democrats say they are for border security, but who in America believes that border security would not include some form of a barrier? We know that works. We know there is a crisis at the southern border. You know who else said there was a crisis at our southern border? Barack Obama. Who voted for fencing? Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, [Joe] Biden, Nancy Pelosi, twice.”

McCarthy explained he believes the Democrats’ distaste toward President Trump has forced them to put their “political bias” above protecting the American people.

“There’s 800,000 Americans who didn’t get a paycheck because Nancy Pelosi will not compromise. She won’t even put an offer on the table,” said McCarthy. “They’ve been in power and what have they done? Every week they’ve been in power the government’s shutdown, they adjourn instead of staying here and solving the problem.”

McCarthy added he is concerned by the Democrats’ inaction over the shutdown.

“They’d rather have open borders than an open government,” McCarthy said.

The minority leader also told Pirro the only way the shutdown will end is if Democrats come to the table with an offer that includes some funding for a physical barrier at the border.

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