As the longest shutdown in American history rages on, the pressure is building on White House officials to endorse one of the bills passed by House Democrats to get it reopened.
Even Fox News is becoming incredulous at the Trump administration’s insistence that $5 billion be allocated for a wall at the southern border that many believe would be ineffective and that the majority of Americans don’t want.
Fox’s Chris Wallace grilled Vice President Mike Pence as to why the White House refuses to prioritize reopening the government even with the assurance that negotiations on so-called border security would continue once the United States is functioning again.
Pence’s answer didn’t inspire much confidence.
Chris Wallace presses Pence: "You could open the government tomorrow" … "Isn't it really that you just want the leverage?" pic.twitter.com/4hubr65EIi
— Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) January 20, 2019
After Pence mentioned that 800,000 workers want leadership to “find a way” to reopen the government, Wallace reminded him that
“You could open the government tomorrow. The house has passed bills to open the government tomorrow, why don’t you sign them and open the government and then you could negotiate about this?”
Pence was clearly taken off guard. After stammering for a few moments, the Vice President reverted back to the tired talking point that Americans want border security and Donald Trump would be the man to give it to them.
Twitter wasn’t impressed.
So the priority of the 95 % (not living near a border) is not having an income but to secure the border that has never been a real problem? Interesting.
— Winston Smith (@RodolfiEd) January 21, 2019
Pence all but said it, Trump is using ppl as hostages to get what he wants.
— LAN J (@CanTanker1962) January 21, 2019
He is lying, he knows he’s lying. She never said no money for border security. That’s an out right lie.
— Paul Hogue (@paulhogue) January 21, 2019
Yes…..they are using federal workers for leverage. What type of governance is this. Sounds like the mob.
— Twilli6745 (@Tonya88608530) January 21, 2019
Listen to Pence stutter when Chris presses him
— Paula Cunningham (@PJCunningham71) January 21, 2019
Every US Rep that has a district on the Southern border, from both parties, is against a wall.
— Jo (@Jo60630817) January 21, 2019
They are losing with the #TrumpShutdown. The polls & approval ratings slowly dropping more. Even some of the non college white people are walking away.
— John Paul Rodriguez (@BluRayKing1000) January 21, 2019
But viewers weren’t finished.