President Trump proudly called his proposed wall on the southern border “a medieval solution” on Wednesday, as he continued to dig in his heels on the 19th full day of the partial government shutdown.
“They say it’s a medieval solution,” Trump told reporters assembled in the Oval Office for his signing of an anti-human trafficking bill. “It’s true. It’s medieval because it worked then, and it works even better now.”
The New York Post Reports:
Funding for the barrier has been the primary wedge between Republicans and Democrats striking a deal on a new federal budget as the shutdown inches toward the three-week mark.
Trump also said Wednesday that while he was still holding out for a deal between the two sides, he had not ruled out securing the funding by declaring a national emergency at the border — an ace in the hole that he stopped short of playing in a nationally televised address Tuesday night.
“I think we might work [out] a deal, and if we don’t, we might go that route,” said Trump.
Trump will meet Wednesday afternoon with Republican senators on Capitol Hill, where he’s expected to urge them to hang tough in the face of mounting pressure to end the shutdown.
From The New York Post