(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump is begging Congress, and particularly Democrats in Congress to step up and do their jobs and stop kicking the ball down the field and actually work with him to fix our immigration system.
During Wednesday’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the possibility of a government shutdown over immigration, and whether or not November’s midterm elections would be a factor in the president’s decision.
Sanders reiterated that the president is committed to fixing the U.S. immigration system and is not focused on the timing of a possible shutdown before or after the midterm elections.
“On the possibility of a shutdown, is the president talking about potential endorsing of government shutdown before November’s elections after November elections or both?” a reporter asked.
“The president isn’t focused on the timing on before or after the election. He’s focused on the results. He’s been talking about this for a year and a half. Our immigration system is completely broken, and he’s begging and has been for Congress particularly Democrats in Congress to step up, do their jobs, stop kicking the ball down the field and actually work with him to fix our system. It’s that simple,” Sanders said.
Sanders’ remarks came as President Trump has said he is willing to shut down the government over funding for a border wall and doesn’t care about the political ramifications of such a move.
“I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which 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!” said Trump tweeted on Twitter Sunday.
“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,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.