Rep. Jordan: 'Republicans Think the President Is Doing Exactly What He Said'

By Susan Jones | December 12, 2018 | 8:33am EST
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

( - "Republicans think the president is doing exactly what he said, and that's what we should be focused on," Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Fox News's Tucker Carlson Tuesday night.

Jordan spoke hours after President Trump said he would shut down the part of the government that awaits full-year funding if he doesn't get $5 billion to build a border wall.

"I am proud to shut down the government for border security," Trump told Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), "because the people of this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems, and drugs pouring into our country.

"So I will take the mantle," Trump said. "I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you for it. The last time you shut it down it didn't work. I will take the mantle of shutting down, and I'm going to shut it down for border security."

Jordan interpreted Trump's remarks to mean that he will stick to campaign promise:

"I think when the President said to Senator Schumer, ‘I'll gladly take that mantle,’ I think what he was saying is, I'll gladly and proudly take the mantle of doing what we told the voters we were going to do, which is build a border security wall.

"So yeah, the Freedom Caucus in particular, we took a position last night, Tucker, we're going to support the president, the full $5 billion for the border security wall, and let's reform our asylum laws while we are at it, because that will address the problem."

Carlson asked Jordan why the “central premise” of Trump’s campaign remain unfulfilled. “Was it the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, who prevented this from happening for the last two years?”

"I think it's part(ly) our leadership not pushing hard enough and Paul not pushing hard enough," Jordan agreed, "but I think -- it also is Democrats just -- Democrats are for open borders, Democrats want to abolish I.C.E. Their party's champion in the last election, Secretary Clinton, what did she run on? A borderless hemisphere.

"So I think it's all part of that. But the president today I think made it pretty darned clear. He is going to stand firm and focus on doing what we were elected to do. And I always say, we make this job too complicated. That's a pretty basic thing to focus on, don't get too complicated, just do what you were elected to do. And we were certainly elected to build a border security wall."

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