Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Democrats are obstructing President Trump's national security agenda as the government remains partially closed because they do not like the New York Republican.

Spicer said the idea to use the border "as a political football" is wrong.

He said that Democrats like Sen. Charles Schumer of New York and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California are being disingenuous on the border wall proposal because "all 54 Senate Democrats [in 2013] voted for $40 million for border security -- including 700 miles of fencing."

The "only opposition is because of Donald Trump" being at the forefront, he added.


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He said his fellow former press secretary, Ari Fleischer, had said recently that the $5 billion allocation Trump proposed should go to the Border Patrol to divide up -- meaning they could themselves fund a wall if they wanted it.

"If we called it the Schumer border security bill, they'd pass it," the Rhode Island native added. 

Spicer remarked that it is interesting to see Pelosi, who was once seen as the "far-left" in the Democratic Party, now grapple with a contingent of lawmakers farther to the political extreme who are trying to buck the party line.

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