President Trump Claims Democrat Wall Obstruction Is ‘Strictly Politics’ to Bolster 2020 Odds

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As the partial government shutdown continues to chug along, President Donald Trump is confident that the Democrats’ opposition to increased funding for a border wall is “strictly political.”

Trump made a request for $5 billion in wall funding. House Democrats responded with an offer of just $1.3 billion for the border. The president was not happy with that offer, claiming that it shows Democrats are in favor of open borders instead of border security.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed the House Democrats for their $1.3 billion offer.

“The Pelosi plan is a non-starter because it does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime,” Sanders said.

While Republicans have argued that funding the border wall is important because it could slow the entry of drugs, crime, human trafficking, and illegal immigrants, Democrats have stuck to two main talking points as to why they won’t fund the wall: effectiveness and cost.

But Republicans and members of law enforcement have picked apart these arguments several times.

As for the effectiveness, representatives from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Border Patrol, and Homeland Security have all said that a wall would work to decrease the flow of illegal activity at the border.

And, as IJR previously reported, Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) picked apart the cost argument.

“It’s not too expensive,” Crenshaw said. “It’s .1 percent of our entire federal budget — .1 percent is what we’re talking about. That’s what $5 billion ends up being. So it’s really not about the money.”

In response to the Democratic talking points of the wall being “expensive and ineffective,” Trump took to Twitter to explain why he actually thinks Democrats oppose the border wall: the 2020 elections.

Trump did make building the wall a major part of his 2016 platform, making the wall a key bellwether for Republicans and Democrats in 2020. The “winner” of this dispute will undoubtedly use it to campaign on in two years.

While there are dozens of potential candidates for the Democratic primary, the most prominent Democrat to publicly launch their exploratory committee is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), though Trump doesn’t seem too intimidated.

He tweeted this Thursday morning:

Warren has been an outspoken critic of Trump’s border wall, calling the wall “stupid” on Twitter.

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Robert Miles
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It looks more like Trump asking for money to build the wall is strictly politics. We should pass a law saying that as much of the wall can be built as Trump, and others who want the wall, will pay for, with no money from taxes on those who do not want the wall.

MariaRose Randazzo
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How very true is that statement, may they enjoy stepping into the hole they are digging.

Phyllis Softa
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On Jan, 20, 2017 Trump was sworn into office. On Jan 20, 2017 Trump filed his reelection campaign for 2020 with the FEC. Brad Parscale was named campaign manager and news outlets have covered his numerous “campaign rallies.” If we employ Trump’s logic of Dems’ motives to his OWN, then everything he has done since the oath, including his insistence on a Middle Age solution in a 2019 world is “Strictly Politics’ to bolster 2020 Odds”

Jennifer Williams
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Trump is completely glossing over the fact that 5 BILLION dollars is simply “start up funding for this ludicrous wall idea he has. To wall off the ENTIRE Southern border would require buying land or confiscating it (which is a bit difficult in Texas), surveying the landscape and determining if a wall can even BE built, advertising for contracts (government contracts are notoriously difficult), and then…eventually…building the thing. Trump will be out of office before it even gets started.

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