Trump: Democratic Party ‘Has Been Hijacked by the Open Borders Fringe’

By Melanie Arter | January 17, 2019 | 1:10pm EST
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) head for the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol January 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pelosi sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to postpone his delivery of the State of the Union until after the partial federal government shutdown has ended. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

( – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won’t let congressional Democrats make a deal on the border wall, President Donald Trump said Thursday in a speech at the Pentagon to announce the results of the administration’s missile defense review.

“While many Democrats in the House and Senate would like to make a deal, Speaker Pelosi will not let them negotiate. The party has been hijacked by the open borders fringe within the party – the radical left becoming the radical Democrats. Hopefully, Democrat lawmakers will step forward to do what is right for our country, and what’s right for our country is border security at the strongest level,” the president said.

Before making an announcement on the missile defense review, Trump offered his condolences to the families of four U.S. troops killed in a suicide bomb attack while on routine patrol in Syria.

“My deepest condolences to the families of the brave American heroes who laid down their lives yesterday in selfless service to our nation. These are great people, great, great people. We will never forget their noble and immortal sacrifice,” the president said.


Then he addressed the government shutdown and the showdown on border security and the wall.

“This morning, I also would like to briefly address another matter of critical national security: the humanitarian and security crisis at the border. Without a strong border, America’s defenseless, vulnerable, and unprotected. I also want to thank the military for helping us out during the big caravan period, but now you have more caravans forming, and they’re on their way up – thousands and thousands of people. We don’t know where they’re from, who they are, nothing,” Trump said.

The president said the U.S. needs “strong borders” and a wall, and that nothing else will work.

“This should have been done many years ago. It should have been done by other presidents, and it wasn’t, just like other things we’re doing that could have been done many years ago, whether it’s our negotiations with North Korea, moving the embassy to Jerusalem,” he said.

“A wall has to be built. We need security at our southern border. Drugs flow in. Tremendous percentages of the drugs coming into our country come from the southern border. We’re not going to allow it to happen, and that is why our homeland security professionals have asked Congress for a steel barrier between the ports of entry to fund more agents, beds, medical supplies, and technology and to close the ridiculous and dangerous immigration loopholes that no country in the world has but us,” Trump said.

The president blamed the government shutdown on Democrats, who “refuse to approve border security.”

“We’re going to have border security. It’s going to be tight. It’s going to be strong. We’re gonna let people into our country gladly, but they’re going to come in legally. That includes for the farmers who need help and for others, but we are going to have powerful, strong border security,” he said.


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