Jesse Watters said the partial government shutdown would be over if the media coverage of President Trump's and the Democrats' political differences was fair.

Watters noted that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York said Trump should immediately reopen the government and then seek negotiations with his caucus.

The "Five" host said that Schumer's advice is problematic because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California already told Trump that she would not negotiate funding for any length of border wall with Mexico.

"Democrats have to say, 'we're against the wall,'" Watters said.

He said reporters should be pressing Democrats on whether they believe existing border walls should be torn down because Pelosi characterized them as "immoral" and ineffective.


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"You would have the government reopened right now if we had a fair media in this country," he said, adding that instead, the press has been too focused on covering Trump's side of the battle in a negative manner.

"I believe [Pelosi] has lost this argument," he said, noting that her planned trip to Afghanistan was "grounded" by Trump.

Watters also referenced a trip many top Democrats took to Puerto Rico, where Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey was seen on the beach while government workers have gone unpaid.

Watters said Trump is moderating his position, citing the president's Saturday offer in which he asked for wall funding in exchange for a three-year extension of protection for DACA recipients -- many children of illegal immigrants.

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