Dem Senator: A Wall Has Limited Value in Keeping Our Border Safe
Chuck Schumer pulls offer to fund border wall.
On "Outnumbered Overtime" on Tuesday, Harris Faulkner pressed Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's decision to retract his offer to fund President Trump's border wall.
Fox News has confirmed that Schumer, through an aide, informed the White House on Sunday that he was withdrawing the offer to give Trump more than $1.6 billion in wall funding. The offer was made last week in the hopes that Republicans would, in return, agree to a fix for DACA recipients.
Faulkner said many Democrat and Republican lawmakers are talking about the importance of cooperation and compromise to avoid another government shutdown, but Trump has made the border wall a signature issue since the early days of his campaign.
"How is it then today your leadership, Chuck Schumer, says, 'I'm taking the money I previously said that we would give off the table,' what do you say about that?"
"Quite frankly, a wall has limited value from the point of view of keeping our border safe," Cardin said.
When Faulkner reiterated that the White House has been calling for a broader "wall system," Cardin said Democrats support border security, but not necessarily setting aside money specifically designated for a wall.
"Democrats want to keep our border safe, so border security is clearly on the table," Cardin said. "We're sitting down and we're going to negotiate."
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