Rep. Swalwell: Trump Is 'Truly the Problem' in Way of Border Security Deal
Swalwell (D-Calif.) said that Trump backed off the spending package that was passed by the Senate in December.
"I think you have to isolate what the problem is and not have this equivalence here where we're treated the same way as the president," he said.
Our Country is doing so well in so many ways. Great jobs numbers, with a record setting December. We are rebuilding our military. Vets finally have Choice & Accountability. Economy & GDP are strong. Tax & Reg cuts historic. Trade deals great. But we MUST fix our Southern Border!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
He said there is bipartisan support for having smart border security, but not the wall that's' been described by Trump.
"The president is the problem here," he replied. "He is truly the problem. He cannot articulate for us where he wants a wall. He just blanketly says 'we need a wall.'"
He then suggested Trump not just go to the U.S.-Mexico border, but cross it in order to see the violence that migrants are fleeing.
You want to fix immigration, @realDonaldTrump? Don’t go to the border. Go across it. Go see the violent conditions families are fleeing in Central America. Then convene leaders from Mexico and Central America to find long-term solutions. That’s compassion. That’s leadership.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 9, 2019
Harris Faulkner countered, suggested that Swalwell read into the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was passed when Democrats had the majority in Congress.
Swalwell answered by saying Trump is the one who is "isolated" when it comes to border security.
"He is the problem here."