House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said on "Fox News Sunday" that Democrats are reluctant to negotiate with President Trump on border security because "they're so afraid of the radical left base that wants open borders."

As the partial government shutdown entered its ninth day Sunday, Scalise, of Louisiana, said it could end if minority leaders would agree to Trump's funding bill that passed in the House.

"If the Senate's got a different way and a better way to approach border security, they ought to put that plan on the table," he said, noting that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sponsored an immigration reform bill in 2006 that included fencing.

Scalise said that Trump has been very clear about what he wants in regard to securing the U.S. border.


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"He campaigned on it. He was elected on this," Scalise said.

He added that there are more cost-effective ways to construct a border wall, but said Trump is prevented from using them.

"How stupid is that?" Scalise said. "In our bill we passed just a few days ago, we removed those legal limitations so the president can keep this country safe in the best and most cost-effective way possible."

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