Adam Kennedy, the White House deputy director of communications, told Breitbart News Democrats would sooner “put communities in danger” than acknowledge the “emergency” and “crisis” of insecurity along the U.S.-Mexico border.
CNN personality Symone Sanders mocked President Trump’s attempt to end the government shutdown Saturday, saying that Democrats won’t fund his “little racist wall.”
On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) declared that “Democrats will never cave to Donald Trump’s demands in a government shutdown.” He also said that while he would be open to a comprehensive plan on immigration, “we cannot talk about wall funding in the context of a government shutdown.” Lieu said, “Wolf, elections have consequences. Last year, Republicans ran on building the wall. Democrats ran on health care and infrastructure, and Republicans lost the popular vote in the midterms by the largest margin in U.S. history. So, Democrats are not going to cave in on this wall demand. Because the American people do not support the wall. However, Democrats, we will support border security. We can compromise and work on funding border security. I think that’s what we should do.” He added, “I would be open to a comprehensive package that deals with different elements of immigration. However, we can’t do that in the context of a government shutdown. Democrats will never cave to Donald Trump’s demands in a government shutdown. Because if we do, it’s just going to incentivize him to do this again any time he doesn’t get his way. So, we cannot talk
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) during an appearance on “Sunday Morning Futures” on Fox News Channel argued Democrats support border security when it is done “in a smart way.” Instead of a wall at the border, Cicilline suggested using the best technology available to protect the border, which he said would be a better use of taxpayers’ money. “Democrats support border security,” Cicilline told host Maria Bartiromo. “We appropriated in the last two years $1.6 billion for border security, and Democrats support that. We just think it should be done in a smart way — use technology, use sensors, use drones, use more personnel; use it in a way that’s effective.” “Let’s secure the borders in a cost-effective way, using the best technology that will keep our borders safe,” he added. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent