House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) offered a bit of hope for President Donald Trump and his quest to fund a border wall.
During an interview with “New Day” on CNN, Clyburn explained that he would consider funding a border wall if border security experts explained that it is needed. Clyburn explained that he would support funding the wall, so long as it is “smartly done” and layered with advice from experts on border security.
Dem. Majority @WhipClyburn is not against a wall, but defers to experts: "If the experts say that under the circumstances that this particular port of entry, this needs to be reinforced with certain barriers, I don't see us turning our backs on that." https://t.co/WWd0XF7qfV pic.twitter.com/abMNBbVj8Z
— New Day (@NewDay) February 6, 2019
“I don’t think we ought to put ourselves in the place of the experts. I’ve said that we have to have a smart wall. I’ve defined that as a wall using drones to make it too high to get over, using x-ray equipment to make it too wide to get around, and using scanners to make it deep enough to tunnel under it. Now that to me would be the smart thing to do. Now, there are some walls there already. There are some barriers there already. They need to be repaired and reinforced, and sure, we ought to do that.”
Clyburn made it clear that while he would prefer a technological solution, he would support a physical wall if that is what the experts recommend.
“If the experts say that under the circumstances that this particular port of entry, this needs to be reinforced with certain barriers, I don’t see us turning our backs on that,” said Clyburn.
Clyburn told CNN that he believes the current committee working on a solution can arrive at one as long as President Trump and Speaker Pelosi allow them to take the expert’s advice and go with it.
That could be problematic, however, because both sides seem unwilling to move from their most recent offers. President Trump has requested $5.7 billion and Pelosi has said there will be no funding for a physical wall.
As IJR previously reported, President Trump has already brought forward law enforcement experts who say a wall is part of their border security needs, which would throw a wrench in Pelosi’s plans.