UPDATED 12:30 p.m. PT – Weds. January 2, 2019
President Trump meets with his cabinet as the partial government shutdown enters its 12th day.
Wednesday’s meeting was mainly focused on border security. Pres. Trump made it clear that he was standing by his request for $5.6 Billion for border wall funding calling it a small price to pay to keep the country safe.
The president pointed to countries like Israel where he says walls are essential to protecting their borders as examples of why the U.S. needs one.
“We’re in a shutdown because Democrats refuse to fund the border security,” said Pres. Trump. “They try and make it like it’s just about the wall and it is about the wall. I said over the weekend to a number of people that you know, the wheel, the wall. There are some things that never get old. It’s never going to change. The wall is your number one point of security.”
Pres. Trump also recalled the recent death of a California police officer who was killed by an illegal immigrant, suggesting these type of incidents could be avoided with more border security.