'No Downside to Building the Wall': 'Fox News @ Night' Panel Debates Trump Address, Border Security
Richard Fowler, Steve Hilton and Gianno Caldwell had a lively discussion on "Fox News @ Night" following President Trump's national address and a rebuttal from Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.
Fowler, a Fox News contributor, said Trump missed an opportunity to outline a detailed plan on border security, such as how many miles of border barrier he wants and how many more Border Patrol agents are needed.
Instead, Fowler said, Trump made a speech similar to his "closing arguments" before November's midterm elections, which he said "didn't work very well."
Caldwell, a Fox News political analyst, said that Tuesday's address was an opportunity for Trump to "connect with the American people" and explain why Congress must act to address the "crisis" at the border.
He said that in their response, Schumer and Pelosi failed to appeal to the Americans who have been hurt by illegal immigration and illegal immigrant crime.
"And I think that's why they're going to have a lot of problems in trying to sell their message in the future," Caldwell said.
Hilton, host of "The Next Revolution," agreed that Democrats don't have a "rational policy response" to Trump's demand for border security funding, including for his long-promised border wall.
"There's no actual downside of building the wall, so why don't you do it, so at least people have faith in their political system that election promises end up getting delivered?" Hilton said.
Fowler agreed there should be a "lively debate" on immigration policy, but he said that should happen after the partial government shutdown is ended.
Caldwell said that is just "kicking the can down the road," and Hilton argued Trump is using the shutdown to bring Democrats to the negotiating table, much as he did with tariffs in trade talks with China.
Watch the "Fox News @ Night" segment above.