Baier on Trump's Clash With Dems: Probably His 'Last Chance' to Fight for Border Wall
"Special Report" anchor Bret Baier said the explosive, televised White House meeting between President Trump and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer was "really quite something."
With the cameras rolling in the Oval Office, Trump insisted he's willing to let the government shut down if Congress doesn't approve $5 billion in border security funding, including for his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.
"If we don't have border security, we'll shut down the government," Trump said.
At one point, Pelosi said the American people don't want a shutdown and she placed the blame on the president.
"Republicans still control the House, the Senate and the White House, and they have the power to keep government open," Pelosi said. "Our country cannot afford a 'Trump Shutdown.'"
Baier said that much of the coverage of the meeting will agree with Pelosi, and say that the president has now "owned" the possible shutdown.
"But in the middle of the country, I think, there will be a sense that he's fighting for what he campaigned on, number one. And number two, Washington always kicks the can down the road with continuing resolution after continuing resolution. ... And this is probably the last chance he could fight for this."
Dana Perino noted that a recent NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll found that 65 percent of Republicans do not believe that Trump should compromise on border wall funding to prevent a shutdown.
Baier said most Republicans will likely applaud the president for standing his ground on a key issue.
Watch more from "The Daily Briefing" above, and see some of the fiery Trump-Pelosi-Schumer White House meeting below.