Playing Politics?: In Hannity Interview, Trump Says Dems' Wall Opposition 'Political' and Not About $5B Cost
Sean Hannity headed to the Lone Star State on Thursday for a special interview with President Trump, as he surveyed the U.S. border in the city of McAllen.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders teased Trump's Texas visit on Monday, tweeting that he'll "meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis."
President @realDonaldTrump will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis. More details will be announced soon.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 7, 2019
The trip comes two days after the president delivered a prime-time address to the nation on what he described as a "crisis" along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump also said that "uncontrolled" illegal migration is hurting American citizens.
During the interview, Trump said that people affected by the shutdown will get their paycheck "soon."
"They're with us [on the border wall fight] 100 percent," he said. "Death is pouring through [the border]. We have crime and death."
Trump said many American families are being negatively effected by the porous border and illegal immigration it allows.
"You have MS-13 gangs in different places like Los Angeles and... Long Island," he said, adding that his administration is "knocking the hell" out of the violent Salvadoran gang.
He said that, to Democrats, the border wall and border security is "a political thing" and not about the $5 billion price tag he is asking for.
We lose 300 Americans a week, 90% of which comes through the Southern Border. These numbers will be DRASTICALLY REDUCED if we have a Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2019
"They'll do whatever they can to win," he said.
On Wednesday, Trump walked out of a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House, during which the partial government shutdown and border security funding were being discussed.
Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) later claimed that during the meeting, Trump slammed his hand onto a table in frustration, although GOP leaders denied the action.
Hannity said Wednesday that he'll also be speaking with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Border Patrol agents themselves while in McAllen.
McAllen sits across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico and is about 100 miles west of the Gulf Coast.