Rep. Maxine Waters: ‘We Believe in Border Security’ Staff | January 28, 2019 | 5:17pm EST
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House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Getty Images/Mario Tama)

( - House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D.-Calif.) said on CNN on Sunday that congressional Democrats “believe in border security.”

Waters made the point while explaining he concerns that President Donald Trump will not engage in fruitful negotiations on the issue.

“It's hard to believe that he is prepared to seriously negotiate when he's making his demands outside of the negotiation already,” said Waters.

“First of all, he's talking about he's got to have a certain amount of money,” she said. “He's also talking about how terrible it is with the rapists and the drug dealers and on and on and on. That's not how you enter a negotiation.


“You shut up and you shutdown,” Waters said, “and you get into the negotiation and you legitimately lay your concerns on the table and people are prepared to talk about what they can and cannot do.”

“We believe in border security,” Waters said. “And we have offered, you know, how we think it can be done

“We want to make sure that he understands that it's not simply about a wall,” she said. “I want him to think about, and we want him to think about, technology. We want him to think about drones. We want him to think about all of those things that go into having a secure border.

“And so, I just don’t know,” she said. “I don’t trust him very much because he’s agreed to something and then backed off of them. And I just hope that he understands he put this nation in danger.”

She then cited air traffic controllers as an example.

“So, I hope that he would have sense enough or his advisers would have sense enough to send him into a negotiation in a legitimate way,” she said.

“We don’t play threats. We are together,” said Waters. “The Democrats are solid and we are not going to be intimidated by him. We want legitimate negotiations to try to make sure that we never put the American people or our workers into the situation that we put them in, threatening the entire economy of this country.”

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