Rep. Gaetz on Trump's Border Funding Meeting: 'He Is in This for the Long Haul'
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) said Sunday he's confident that President Trump will endure political hardships in order to get the funding he wants for a border wall.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence held a lunch meeting at the White House Saturday on border security, and Gaetz was among a number of top conservatives who attended.
Other attendees included Reps. Mark Meadows (N.C.), Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Andy Biggs (Ariz.).
Gaetz said Trump's attitude during Saturday's meeting was one of maintaining a commitment to securing the U.S.-Mexico border.
"We've shut down elements of the government because he's this serious about it," Gaetz said on America's News HQ.
The Florida congressman added that Trump said he wouldn't sign "a bad deal." The president is seeking $5.7 billion in order to fund his border wall, but Democrats offered $1.3 billion for "border security."
"As we roll deeper into the shutdown, I think that the Democrats will experience more pain than the Republicans," he said, adding that Trump is in the fight for border wall funding "for the long haul."
Gaetz also said that during Saturday's meeting, the president discussed wall design concepts that would actually lower the cost of the wall.
"[Republicans] are going to try to get as much [wall funding] as we can," he said. "My assessment is that $5 billion is the right number. ... You have to compromise."
Watch the interview from "America's News HQ" above.