‘Obviously walls work in some places’: House Democrats’ leader hands Trump a gift as he tells Fox News host border walls aren’t ‘immoral’ and he would never dismantle the existing ones

Thursday, January 17, 2019
By Paul Martin

House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer admitted Wednesday evening that border walls are not inherently ‘immoral’ and ‘work in some places’ to keep out threats
‘Obviously, they work some places,’ Hoyer admitted. ‘A wall is — that protects people is not immoral. I think the issue is whether it works’
He scolded fellow Democrats for refusing the president’s request this week to discuss the government shutdown
Pressure is mounting on both parties to reopen the federal government
He is refusing to give his blessing to any bill funding closed agencies that does not include a sizable allocation of money for his border wall
A bipartisan group of senators is working behind the scenes to convince Trump to climb down from his position on a physical barrier
They are also pushing the president to end the shutdown and then negotiate

By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS
DAILYMAIL.COM
17 January 2019

House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer admitted Wednesday evening that border walls are not inherently ‘immoral’ and ‘work in some places’ to keep out threats.

He insisted in a Fox News interview that the debate over the president’s border barrier was not about ‘morality’ and condemned the president for comments about illegal immigration that Democrats believe are ‘racist.’

‘Obviously, they work some places,’ Hoyer admitted. ‘But the president wanted to first build a wall apparently 1,954 miles of — and he changed that very substantially.’

Hoyer told ‘Special Report’ host Bret Baier: ‘A wall is — that protects people is not immoral. I think the issue is whether it works.’

He has also scolded fellow Democrats for refusing the president’s request this week to discuss the government shutdown, saying they should always accept an invitation to the White House.

His comments Wednesday on the wall were a break with party boss Nancy Pelosi, who claimed the border wall is an ‘immorality’ and the barrier would be ‘ineffective’ at protecting the nation against threats.

They were also a sign that some Democrats, including those in leadership, are open to Trump’s demand that a physical barrier be built along parts of the border.

It’s his desire to build it along the entire U.S.-Mexico boundary, and his derogatory remarks about illegal immigrants, that is causing the intense clash, Hoyer indicated.

The Maryland Democrat told Baier the ‘debate ought to be not on morality or racism’ and the two parties need to come to a consensus on border security.

‘I will say that we’re not pleased with some rhetoric that has come about dealing with those — coming across the border,’ he said, treading lightly, ‘and we think some of the rhetoric was in fact racist. We think some of that rhetoric was to inflame and was not based upon facts.’

Hoyer told Baier that Democrats ‘don’t think the wall will work as well’ as other defensive strategies.

‘Having said that, we’re prepared to work with the president to make sure our borders are secure. And that’s the important point,’ he said.

Appearing on the network on Tuesday, he advocated for consensus-building talks with the White House.

‘My advice to members is that if the president invites you and want to talk, you ought to go down,’ he said.

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