Pelosi Slams Trump's Border Wall: 'Immoral, Expensive, and Unwise'

With a deadline looming to pass a spending bill to keep the government running, Democrats are resisting President Trump’s demand to include in the legislation $1 billion for a wall along the Mexican border.

“Democrats do not support the wall,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared Sunday during a “Meet the Press” interview on NBC. She pointed out that “Republicans in the border states do not support the wall,” adding: “The wall is, in my view, immoral, expensive, unwise, and when the president says, ‘Well, I promised a wall during my campaign,’ I don’t think he said he was going to pass billions of dollars of cost of the wall on to the taxpayer.”

The California Democrat, a former speaker of the House, claimed “the president is expressing a sign of weakness” in advocating the project. During last year’s White House race, Trump vowed that he would force Mexico to pay for the wall. However, on Sunday, he acknowledged that U.S. taxpayers would initially finance it.

“Eventually but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed wall,” the president tweeted. “The Democrats don’t want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that I will stop drugs and very bad MS-13 gang members.” Trump was referring to a criminal operation from El Salvador that was allegedly responsible for recent killings in the United States.

On “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd asked White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus whether the administration is willing to risk a government shutdown over the border-wall dispute. The official predicted there “will be enough in the negotiation for us to either move forward with either the construction or the planning or enough to get going with the border wall.”

Priebus added: “We expect a massive increase in military spending, we expect money for border security in this bill, and it ought to be because the president won overwhelmingly and everyone understood that the border wall was part of it.”

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