'Flat-Out Lie': Gidley Disputes Rep. Lieu's Claim Dems Willing to Negotiate on Border Security
Trump exposed Dems' 'hypocrisy,' WH spox says.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said Rep. Ted Lieu's claim that Democrats would be willing to negotiate with President Trump on border security if the government reopens is a "flat-out lie."
Appearing on "America's Newsroom" Thursday, Lieu (D-Calif.) said it's time to end the partial government shutdown that has stretched on for three weeks, and then Congress can have a comprehensive discussion on immigration.
"I think if we reopen government, [it's] much easier to get to a compromise, and that's what we're all striving to do, first and foremost," Lieu said.
Later in the show, Gidley responded to Lieu's comments, saying that President Trump has exposed the Democrats' "hypocrisy" and the fact that they "refuse to negotiate."
"Ted Lieu was on earlier. What he said was a flat-out lie. He just told you that if the president opened the government and gave everything that the Democrats wanted ... that they would negotiate on border security, including a fence," Gidley said. "That is incorrect."
He pointed out that during a Thursday White House meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Trump directly asked Pelosi if she would be willing to discuss border barriers if the government is reopened, and she said no.
"We all saw their ridiculous, ignorant and offensive language in that rebuttal to him ... when they kept using that phrase 'manufactured crisis,'" Gidley said.
"We have a crisis in this country. Democrats refuse to acknowledge it. They don't know the data, they don't believe the data and worse, they don't care."
Watch the interviews above.