President Donald Trump didn’t mince words when calling out Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over their ongoing dispute over funding the border wall.
The president and the speaker have been at odds over funding the border wall for the past few months. President Trump requested $5.7 billion dollars to fund the border wall and Pelosi hasn’t offered more than one dollar. This disagreement resulted in the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history.
Although the two sides agreed to temporarily reopen the government until February 15, they did not come to an agreement on border security funding and it doesn’t look like they are getting any closer to an agreement.
During an interview with CBS News‘ Margaret Brennan, President Trump explained that he thinks Pelosi is “bad for our country.”
“I think she is very bad for our country. She knows that you need a barrier. She knows that we need border security. She wanted to win a political point,” said President Trump, adding, “I happen to think it’s very bad politics because basically, she wants open borders.”
Trump claimed that Pelosi’s offer of $1 billion toward increased technology at the border won’t cut it. He told Brennan that only a wall would be impactful at the border and, so far, Pelosi has made it clear that she won’t be offering any money toward a wall.
“She’s costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars because what’s happening is when you have a porous border, and when you have drugs pouring in, and when you have people dying all over the country because of people like Nancy Pelosi who don’t want to give proper border security for political reasons, she’s doing a terrible disservice to our country.”
The president said that he not only thinks refusing wall funding is a policial mistake, but he also believes it is bad for the American people.
“She can keep playing her games, but we will win. Because we have a much better issue,” said Trump, adding, “I actually think it’s bad politics, but much more importantly it’s very bad for our country.”
President Trump told Brennan that, while he hasn’t taken the option of another shutdown off the table, he is strongly considering using his executive powers to declare a national emergency and used military funds to build the wall.
While it isn’t clear if Pelosi will come around with a border wall funding package, the two sides have until February 15 to come up with a spending bill or risk another partial shutdown.