President insists on funding for the wall

El Paso News

President Donald Trump spent Christmas in the White House and cited the Government shutdown as well as who’s being affected through the process. 

He spoke to members of the military around the world through a video conference and answered raising questions about the partial Government shutdown. He said it won’t end until his proposed border wall is funded. 

“I can’t tell you when the government’s going to reopen. I can tell you it’s not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it. I’ll call it whatever they want. But it’s all the same thing. It’s a barrier from people pouring into our company, into our country, from drugs. It’s a barrier from drugs,” Trump said.

The President demanded $5 billion dollars for the wall and re-emphasized its potential structure along the U.S. Mexico Border. Meanwhile El Paso Congresswoman-Elect Veronica Escobar told KTSM that money should instead be used for training, personnel, and infrastructure.

“If people want to spend money on the southern border that is awesome, but let’s spend it strategically and wisely. There is this bizarre fixation with the wall. There is a bizarre fixation with trying to create obstacles to people who have a legal right to request asylum. These are the laws of the United States,” Escobar shared.

While keeping heavy persistence with the border wall funding fight, President Trump hasn’t caved on his demands for the funding that’s leaving hundreds of thousands of Federal Employees without a paycheck this holiday season. He said their demands are the same. 

“Many of those workers have said to me and communicated stay out until you get the funding for the wall. These federal workers want the wall,” Trump said.

The President also said he will visit a new section of the border wall in January.

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