Before addressing the passage of the farm bill on Thursday, President Donald Trump doubled down on his intent to let the federal government shut down if Congress does not including funding for the border wall in its short-term spending bill.
“A nation without borders is a nation not at all,” he said, adding that without walls, we let in “the reign of chaos, crime, cartels and believe it or not, coyotes.”
Then the president made his stance extremely clear:
“I have made my position very clear. Any measure that funds the government must include border security. Has to. Not for political purposes but for our country, for the safety of our community. This is not merely my campaign promise, this is the promise every lawmaker made. It is the solemn promise to protect and defend the United States of America, and it is our sacred obligation. We have no choice.”
Trump then lashed out at lawmakers for failing to fund the wall, hammering Democrats for continuing to “oppose border security no matter how many innocent people get hurt or die.”
Then he really drove his point home:
“Our nation has spent trillions of dollars and sacrificed thousands of brave, young lives defending the borders of foreign nations. I am asking Congress to defend the border of our nation for a tiny fraction, tiny fraction of the cost. Essential to border security is a powerful physical barrier. Walls work, whether we like it or not. They work better than anything.”
Watch his remarks below:
Trump says walls work “better than anything”: “Our nation has spent trillions of dollars and sacrificed brave young lives defending the borders of foreign nations. I am asking Congress to defend the border of our nation for a tiny fraction … of the cost” https://t.co/aJwcVHeAho pic.twitter.com/ze1US3eHpv
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The president’s words come as Congress attempted to push through another spending bill to keep the federal government open until February 2019. Along with the president, several Republican lawmakers criticized their colleagues over the bill, calling the lack of funding for the border wall a “Christmas present” and a “Valentine’s Day gift” for the Democrats.