Nancy Pelosi: ‘Securing Our Border is Part of’‘Our Oath We Take To Protect and Defend Our People’

By CNSNews.com Staff | January 10, 2019 | 9:10am EST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Jan. 9, 2019 (Getty Images/Win McNamee)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) told reporters at the U.S. Capitol yesterday after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House that securing the U.S. border is required by the oath of office taken by members of Congress.

In the next sentence of her briefing with reporters, Pelosi said President Trump “stomped out” of his meeting with her and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) because she told Trump she would not support building a wall at the border.

“Border security is a high priority,” Pelosi told reporters. “It’s our oath we take to protect and defend our people, wherever that is and securing our border is part of that.

“The President stomped out of that meeting when he said, ‘Will you support a wall?’ and I said, ‘No,’” said Pelosi.

Here is an excerpt from the transcript of Pelosi’s exchange with reporters as posted on Pelosi’s website:

Question: "President Trump walked out of that meeting. Is that it? End of negotiations?"

Speaker Pelosi: "Well, I would hope not. We had people over the weekend, in a series of meetings, trying to come to an agreement of stipulation of fact, of what the challenge is, of the merit of ways to protect our border. Border security is a high priority. It’s our oath we take to protect and defend our people, wherever that is and securing our border is part of that.

"The President stomped out of that meeting when he said, ‘Will you support a wall?’ and I said, ‘No.’

"Now, they’re trying to mischaracterize what he actually said. But that’s par for the course for going to the White House in the first place – mischaracterization."

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