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. He raised the prospect of the shutdown for the third day in a row on Tuesday. Trump tweeted:
"I don't care what the political ramifications are, our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades, and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a Government Shutdown...Border Security is National Security, and National Security is the long-term viability of our Country. A Government Shutdown is a very small price to pay for a safe and Prosperous America!"
Fox News Senior Producer for Capitol Hill Chad Pergram joined Fox News Radio's Marie Harf to discuss President Trump's threat of a government shutdown.
On how likely a shutdown is: Well, I asked the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that earlier today. I said there was a meeting you had with the President and House Speaker Paul Ryan last week about a strategy about how they were going to fund the government throughout the fall. The government is funded through the first of October at the start of the fiscal year. And he kind of sidestepped that when I asked him. I said wait a minute you obviously didn't talk the President off the ledge because they came off that meeting last week thinking they had an agreement on how they were going to proceed. (00:55)
On his piece about how shutdown would affect Kavanaugh confirmation: Again, it's the Republicans cramping on their own narrative. The midterm elections and the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh that's central in energizing the base in both parties to get them to the polls to say look we got to get Brett Kavanaugh confirmed, that's great for Republicans. We have to fight Brett Kavanaugh, and even if he is confirmed that is good for Democrats because they can say look what he's done to the Supreme Court. You need to get out and vote in November. (3:06)
On the special election in Ohio: Special elections are just that, special, especially when they happen in August, and they kind of exist in a vacuum. As we have seen repeatedly, Democrats have put a number of Republican seats into play that shouldn't have been in play, seats in Kansas, Montana, Georgia even South Carolina that they came very close to winning, but they didn't. (5:39)
On how Republicans are looking at this threat of a shutdown: It's more of a problem for Republicans in the House because they have more than 40 seats which are vacant. (8:02)