Some conservative lawmakers are pushing for President Trump to veto a stopgap spending bill that does not include money for the border wall.

Trump initially said he would allow the government to shut down if Congress failed to approve $5 billion in border security funding -- including for the wall -- but the White House has backed off that position.

The Senate on Wednesday night passed a stopgap measure to continue funding the government and avert a shutdown later this week. 

On "Fox & Friends" House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said the American people want the wall, and they see that Trump is getting "bad advice."


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"They know that he's promised not once, not twice but three different times that he would get border wall funding, and here we are about to punt," Meadows said. "And I would argue, it's not a punt. A punt actually helps improve the field advantage. This is a fumble."

He urged Trump to stand firm in the border funding battle, because many people are anxiously watching to see if he will "cave" on the issue.

He added that congressional Republicans also have "fumbled," as they have held the House, Senate and White House for nearly two years, but have failed to get significant border security funding.

Meadows said that the political backlash from a government shutdown would not be as bad as some assume, however, because the "vast majority" of government would remain open.

"If we're not going to fight now, when are we going to fight?" Meadows said, pointing out that getting the wall will be even more difficult after Democrats take the House in January. "Now is the time to fight."

Earlier this month at a contentious meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Trump said he would be "proud" to force a partial government shutdown on Dec. 21 if Congress did not approve $5 billion in new funding for the border wall. 

Watch more from Meadows above.


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