Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday on "Fox & Friends" that President Trump is not giving up on securing funding for a border wall, despite the White House signaling they will not shut down the government over the issue. 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate will consider a stopgap spending bill to avert a Dec. 21 shutdown. The measure will not include the $5 billion sought by Trump for the border wall, with McConnell citing the "reality of our political moment."

In a tweet Wednesday morning, Trump vowed that "one way or the other, we will win on the Wall!"

Gingrich said a partial government shutdown right before Christmas would look bad for both sides and would be a "pain in the neck" for thousands of families. He said Democrats are still "one really disastrous crime away from looking really bad" when it comes to border security. 


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"There are problems with people who come into the country illegally. There are people who commit crimes, who come into the U.S. illegally. MS-13 is a threat. I think for the Democrats to decide they don't want to protect America is a tough position for them to take," he argued. 

Gingrich said government funding as a whole does not need to be part of the battle, suggesting Trump make an issue of Homeland Security funding next year if a border wall is not funded.

Watch the full interview above and more from Kellyanne Conway on the issue below. 

Conway was pressed on whether Trump is softening his stance on the border wall, insisting the president still has "leverage" on the issue. 


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