Tucker Carlson on Friday debated progressive radio host Chris Hahn over the border security funding battle and the impending government shutdown.

A partial shutdown of the federal government appears inevitable, as lawmakers left the Capitol Friday without a deal to fund the government by midnight’s deadline, FoxNews.com reported.

The House on Thursday approved $5.7 billion for a border wall as part of a measure to fund the government through early February. But Democrats say they won't support a bill that includes any new funding for President Trump's long-promised wall.

Tucker called out Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, who publicly supported the wall before the midterm elections, but now are "nowhere to be found."

"They never really supported a wall. They were lying. They were just saying what they thought it took to win, and they did," Tucker said. "Many members of Congress -- particularly on the Democratic side -- say they want a border. But when it comes down to voting, they never do a single thing to achieve it."


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Hahn, a former aide to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, said Manchin and Donnelly may have "come to their senses" and now believe that "old technology" like a wall won't secure the border.

"Does the wall work in Israel?" Tucker fired back.

Hahn acknowledged that walls can work in some situations, but he reminded viewers that Trump repeatedly promised that Mexico would pay for the wall.

"I don't understand why it's going to shut the government down on Christmas," Hahn said. "This is a real 'War on Christmas.'"

Tucker said the Trump administration should have worked to secure border security funding before the last minute, but he said he wants to know why so many Democrats are against securing the border.

"It's not because a wall doesn't work. It does work, as you know. It's not because it's too expensive. No, it's not. What's the real reason?"

Watch the "Tucker Carlson Tonight" segment above.


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