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Trump uses the words of Obama, Clinton to bolster support for border security


'The only reason they do not want to build a Wall is that Walls Work!'

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As the partial government shutdown entered its third week, President Donald Trump, determined to fund his promised border wall, used the words of his political adversaries against them on Sunday, showing they, too, once supported stiffer border security.

What happened?

In a Sunday morning tweet, Trump used the words of former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — whom Trump defeated in the 2016 presidential election — to show that border security is a bipartisan issue.

Indeed, in 2005, Obama, then just a senator from Illinois, said: "We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants in this country."

Similarly, while campaigning for the White House in 2015, Clinton said: "I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders."

Despite their words then, and Democrats' steadfast refusal to support a border barrier today, Trump later said a border wall would save the U.S. money, and claimed the "only reason" Democrats refuse to support it is because walls "work."

Trump has made it clear he will not sign any spending bill that does not fund border security — and with Democrats' refusal to compromise with the president — the government remains partially shut down.

On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence met with staffers for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to discuss the shutdown, but no agreement was reached.

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