On Monday evening, President Trump spoke with Fox News’ "All American New Year" co-host Pete Hegseth via telephone. During the exchange, the president indicated that he will not back away from his demand for billions of dollars in border wall funding.
The following is a brief exchange between Trump and Hegseth regarding funding for the wall, as well as the ongoing partial government shutdown:
HEGSETH: You stayed in Washington, D.C. through Christmas, through New Year's. We've seen Nancy Pelosi in Hawaii; Democrats not willing to come back. A lot of your supporters, to be honest Mr. President, are hoping that you will stand firm on that five billion dollar mark, or something big for the wall. Are you willing to continue the shutdown if that money does not come?
TRUMP: Well, we are. We have no choice. We have to have border security, and a wall is part of border security. You know, I hear so much about "the wall is old fashioned." No, the wall is not old fashioned, the wall is 100% foolproof. You look at a wheel – well, I guess they'd say the wheel is old fashioned, but it's been around for a long time. The wall is the only way to do it, and technology ... are just the bells and whistles on the wall. If you don't have the wall, you're gonna have people coming in. And my border patrol people, they do a fantastic job, but, you know, they need the backup of the wall – and they're the ones that want it more than anybody, Pete.
HEGSETH: So, how far are you willing to go, Mr. President? When do you anticipate talks with Chuck and Nancy, as you say, sir?
TRUMP: Well, I assume when they get back. I'm in Washington. I'm ready, willing, and able. I'm in the White House. I'm ready to go. They can come over right now. They could have come over any time. I spent Christmas in the White House, I spent New Year's eve now in the White House, and I'm here. I'm ready to go. It's very important. A lot of people are looking to get their paycheck, and so I'm ready to go anytime they want. No, we are not giving up. We have to have border security, and the wall is a big part of border security – the biggest part.
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Source: Daily Wire / Twitter