President Trump said on Sunday that he would be willing to shut down the federal government if the Democrats do not agree to Republican demands about funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump wrote on Twitter that border security "includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!"
Senior Political Analyst for Fox News Channel Brit Hume joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to break down news of the day.
On Rudy Giuliani's comments: I think it's more of the sort of confusion that Mr. Giuliani seems to have sown with his comments about these things. He often doesn't speak with what I would call lawyerly precision about these matters. My only concern about the whole issue all along has been this: Let's assume that the Trump Tower meeting was what it was, and I think everybody who was there agrees that it ended up being about the Magnitsky Act and therefore nothing really came of the promise of dirt on the Hilary Clinton campaign. So, the question to me is, 'What really came out of this meeting?' (00:55)
On Trump's threat to shut down the government: I've been watching these shut downs periodically occur since the 80's and I've never seen one work to the benefit of the party that induced it or really anybody's benefit pretty much because what it tends to do is reduce everybody's reputation in the minds of the public, but there is the question of who gets more of the blame and the part that gets more of the blame is the one that seems to be responsible for it. (3:07)
On Sen. Joe Manchin meeting with Kavanaugh: Well, I think in the end it will probably come down to Collins and Murkowski, particularly Collins, Susan Collins, the Republican senator from Maine, which is a pretty blue state. If she goes with the nominee I think some Democrats will too. I think if she or one other Republican were to go the other way that would take off a lot of pressure of the Joe Manchins of the world and it would be much harder to get their vote. (7:12)
On if the more information on Kavanaugh given to Senators is better or if some things should be protected by executive privilege: Broadly speaking I think anything that bears on his record on the law should be made available. Staff secretary job is not a legal job. It's not a policy job. He's the guy moving everything in and out. His own views about it are really not a factor in the equation. (10:09)