Even if the government shutdown ends with President Donald Trump getting funding for a southern border wall, the president will still have failed to keep his promise to voters, Fox News host Shepard Smith said Wednesday.
Smith criticized Trump for the White House's reported refusal to agree to bills that would separately open certain areas of the government, which Smith said were "ready to go" and had "bipartisan support."
"Republicans and Democrats, all good to go, they can pass it and we're ready, and the White House says no," Smith said, taking a shot at a White House statement citing a border crisis, which Smith said was "arguably of their own making."
Hot Air noted that Smith may have overstated the Republican support for the bills some.
He then turned toward Trump's repeated promises over the years that Mexico would pay for the border wall:
"The White House says no. And in essence, the answer is, 'We want our wall. We want our border wall, like we promised, though we promised that the Mexicans would pay for it.' So it's not the promise. This is not keeping a promise. Even if they were to get it, which the Democrats say they won't, it would not be keeping a promise. Because we remember the promise. How could we forget it? We heard it for a month of Sundays, hundreds of times. 'What are we going to build? A wall. Who is going to pay for it? Mexico.' That was the promise. That promise is long broken, because Mexico is not going to pay for it."
Smith also said that Trump's claim that a new trade deal with Mexico would pay for the wall isn't true, because the deal hasn't been finalized (and it wouldn't pay for the wall even if it was).
"So that doesn't pay for anything," Smith said.
Fox's Shepard Smith Goes Off on Trump's 'Broken' Wall Pledge: 'This is Not Keeping a Promise' youtu.be
(H/T Hot Air)