'This Is the Anti-Trump Agenda': Homan Says Dems Don't Want to Give POTUS a Win on Border Security
Government shutdown looms amid border battle.
Former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise joined Laura Ingraham on "The Ingraham Angle" Tuesday to discuss the border security funding battle.
President Trump earlier on Tuesday met with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi at the White House.
During the explosive, televised meeting Trump stated that he is willing to shut the government down if Congress does not approve $5 billion for border security, including building his long-promised border wall.
Scalise (R-La.) said Trump wanted to hold the meeting so he could publicly call Schumer and Pelosi's "bluff."
"We need to secure the border, President Trump ran on securing the border, it's time we back him up on it," Scalise said.
Homan said this should not be a political issue between Democrats and Republicans, because there is "no downside" to securing the border.
He said he wished Trump put Schumer on the spot during the meeting by asking him why he supported a border barrier in 2006, but now seems to have changed his mind.
"What changed? Other than the anti-Trump agenda," Homan said.
Ingraham said the American people are behind Trump on border security, and he needs to keep the pressure on Democrats.
"They don't want to give him a win," Homan said, adding Schumer and Pelosi should be ashamed for putting politics before national security.
For their part, Schumer and Pelosi emphasized after the meeting that Trump is the one who wants to shut down the government. Pelosi accused the president of misstating facts during the televised meeting, while Schumer noted the Trump administration has only spent 6 percent of the $1.3 billion approved for border security last year.