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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, wants President Donald Trump to keep the federal government partially closed until “until hell freezes over” in order to get funding for the border wall.
During an interview on Fox & Friends, Gohmert reasoned that keeping part of the government closed was necessary to force Democrats into agreeing to border wall funding.
Do you think construction on the border wall will finally begin in the new year?
— Amanda Shea (@TheAmandaShea) December 31, 2018
“Congressman, how long should the President keep the government closed?” asked co-host Griff Jenkins.
“Again, it’s only a part of 25 percent,” Gohmert noted in his response.
“And because we keep seeing people losing their lives without [a wall], you do it to hell freezes over,” Gohmert said when asked how long Trump should continue the partial shutdown.
“January, February?” Jenkins asked.
“Until hell freezes over because we owe it to our country. And the best thing we could do compassionately for Mexico and Central America is not giving them money that ends up in the hands of the drug cartels,” he said.
“It’s to secure the border, so the drugs quit coming, and we don’t lose 70,000 more lives a year and Mexico becomes a top 10 economy because we dropped corruption. That’s compassion,” he added.
The federal government has been partially shutdown for just over a week, and Trump and Democrats are locked over the issue of border security.
House Republicans voted 217-185 to approve a measure that would keep the government open and allocate $5.7 billion for border wall funding.
The bill is now waiting a full vote in the Senate, where lawmakers are hashing it out over funding for border security.
Trump originally wanted $5 billion for border wall funding and Democrats only offered $1.6 billion, which they claimed was a “very generous” offer.
On Friday, Trump took to Twitter with a threat to “close the Southern Border entirely” if Democrats refuse to make a deal that would allocate funding for the border wall.
WE ARE FUNDING THE WALL with GO FUND ME- CLICK BELOW!
“We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!” he wrote.
We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2018
While speaking with reporters on Tuesday in the Oval Office, Trump stood firm on his demand for funding for the border wall between the United States and Mexico.
He said the government shutdown would continue until the wall is funded.
“I can’t tell you it’s not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they would like to call it. I’ll call it whatever they want,” he said.
President Trump: "I can't tell you when the government is going to be open. I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they would like to call it. I'll call it whatever they want." https://t.co/CLtbYkaxrA pic.twitter.com/XDIv4wF6uV
— The Hill (@thehill) December 25, 2018
“It’s a disgrace what’s happening in our country. But other than that, I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas,” he concluded.
While Trump didn’t leave Washington, D.C, for Christmas and has been working to reopen the government, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is on vacation.
Pelosi was spotted on Thursday vacationing at a five-star resort in Hawaii.